The Resurrection of Yeshua – Conquering Death
Moshe said, “Here is what YHVH says: ‘About midnight I will go out into Egypt, and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt will die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the slave-girl at the handmill, and all the firstborn of the livestock. There will be a horrendous wailing throughout all the land of Egypt — there has never been another like it, and there never will be again. ~ Exodus 11:4-7
This was to be the final plague against Pharaoh and Egypt – the death of the firstborn. YHVH gave His people, and any Egyptian who followed, instructions on how to survive this plague. A sign of their faith that He would pass over their homes.
Speak to all the assembly of Isra’el and say, ‘On the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb or kid for his family, one per household — except that if the household is too small for a whole lamb or kid, then he and his next-door neighbor should share one, dividing it in proportion to the number of people eating it. Your animal must be without defect, a male in its first year, and you may choose it from either the sheep or the goats.
“‘You are to keep it until the fourteenth day of the month, and then the entire assembly of the community of Isra’el will slaughter it at dusk. They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the two sides and top of the door-frame at the entrance of the house in which they eat it. ~ Exodus 12:3-7
For that night, I will pass through the land of Egypt and kill all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both men and animals; and I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt; I am YHVH. The blood will serve you as a sign marking the houses where you are; when I see the blood, I will pass over you — when I strike the land of Egypt, the death blow will not strike you. Exodus 12:12-13
YHVH’s purpose for the plagues was two-fold: to glorify His Name and to show His wonders and also to defeat the the gods of Egypt. Through His plagues, YHVH conquered Egypt; showing their gods to be false and have no power; the final plague being the literal “nail in the coffin”. Those who did not obey the commands of YHVH were not saved from the plague of death, nor could their gods save them or overcome death.
The memorial Feast of Pesach (Passover) was then commanded to be kept for all our generations. This was also two-fold: to serve as a witness or a memorial of the Event of Passover and to point to or serve as a picture of the true Pesach Lamb – the Lamb offered by YHVH himself. His firstborn and only Son – Yeshua. For more information on this, please see our teaching, Pesach – A Celebration of Freedom – Passover Beginners Guide.
Yeshua followed His Father’s commands, obedient until death. He took on and became the curse of the Law. For the Law itself brings blessings and a curse.
“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse — the blessing, if you listen to the mitzvot [commandments] of YHVH your God that I am giving you today; and the curse, if you don’t listen to the mitzvot of YHVH your God, but turn aside from the way I am ordering you today and follow other gods that you have not known. Deut 11:26-28
The Messiah redeemed us from the curse pronounced in the Torah by becoming cursed on our behalf; for the Tanakhsays, “Everyone who hangs from a stake comes under a curse.” Galatians 3:13
“If someone has committed a capital crime and is put to death, then hung on a tree, his body is not to remain all night on the tree, but you must bury him the same day, because a person who has been hanged has been cursed by God — so that you will not defile your land, which Adonai your God is giving you to inherit. Deut 21:22-23
If you’re familiar with the sacrificial system in the Biblical accounts, we see that the one offering the sacrifice was to place their hands on the animal – feeling the life drain from them. It is a very heavy picture that shows we are transferring our sin to the animal and this animal has died in our place. Yeshua became that sacrifice for us. Our Passover Lamb whose blood saves us from the punishment of the Law – Death.
But why did Yeshua have to be resurrected? There’s not one answer to this, however, we will focus on one. During the Passover Event, the Children of Israel and those Egyptians who followed where told to spread the blood of the lamb over their door frames. Doing so saved them from death. Those who did not obey YHVH command lost their life. The blessing (life) and the curse (death). The Egyptian’s gods could not save them and could not restore their lives. Again, YHVH; generations later during Passover, demonstrated His glory and does what the Egyptian gods could not – restore Life. Yeshua was resurrected and took his place behind his Father.
Yeshua’s death was not the end. Instead, his resurrection was the beginning of eternal life for all who believe in him. The power of YHVH to bring Yeshua back from the dead con bring you back to like if you have asked him to forgive your sins and to T’shuva – return/repent. “Now go, and don’t sin any more.” ~ John 8:11.