Christ's Death and Resurrection Remake Us
Our Lord is not primarily a teacher, he is a Savior. That's the meaning of the word 'Jesus:' he will save us from our sins. Suppose we took a chalice as an example of what he did for us. Suppose the chalice were taken from the altar and made into a beer mug and delivered over to unholy uses, its shape and contour completely changed. Then it was found. How could it ever be restored again to the altar? Well first of all, we would have to put it into a furnace, burn off the old shape and form, and hammer it again into the pattern of a chalice. Then we would bless it and restore it to the altar. That is what God did with the human nature. He took this chalice of humanity, threw it into the fires of Calvary, where he was scourged and beaten, and then he was restored to a new shape on Easter and became the new creation. This is what he did with the pattern of human nature.