For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
– Romans 14:9
In continuation of our series on the purpose and mission of our Lord, Jesus Christ, this passage provides us yet another mandate that He came to fulfil on earth; to be the Lord of the living and the dead.
One of the major agenda of Jesus was to offer His life in replacement for the lives of humankind. After the fall in the Garden of Eden, death became the end of all humans by default, as it would be unbearable to live forever as originally planned by God in such fallen state. With sin also came disengagement from God, labour, misery, pain, hurts and all manners of woes. So, death was introduced to cut short the miseries associated with living in the flesh.
But God, being ever considerate, also created a window for humans to reconnect with Him after death. But that would be a matter of individual choice, based on personal disposition to His laws and how they choose to live in relation to Him and their fellow humans. These would largely determine where each person ends up, with God or in the Lake of fire which is prepared for the devil, his followers and other children of disobedience.
But, still not satisfied with the regime of laws, which was majorly marked with dos and don’ts, God decided to send His Son in the form of man to come and bear all the miseries of living – sickness, pain, rejection, criticism, sorrow, transgression, lack, failing, etc – and likewise pay the ultimate price for sin by laying down His life for sinners so that they don’t have to die the second death and end up in the lake of fire.
By choosing to die in lieu of humans, Jesus thus became the Lord of all that He died for, both the living and the dead. Therefore, everyone is expected to submit to Him and live on His terms, since He had died the death we could have died by default on account of our sins, and has instead offered us the precious opportunity to be restored to God as well as live for eternity. It is His life we now live; and we are expected to live it the way He would have lived it Himself, not our own way. “For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:7-8).
It seems we have little say in this matter; Jesus has come to die for everyone of us, and by so doing He became the Lord of us all. As our Lord and the owner of our lives, He expects us to live in certain ways and conduct ourselves in certain manners. It will be in our best interest to find out what His terms are. They are not far-fetched; you can read them up in your Bible. Why not pick yours and commit yourself to reading a chapter per day? You will definitely be the better for it.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!