For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. - 1 Corinthians 15:22
Ali and I were having a discussion over lunch yesterday revolving the significance of the resurrection. If, as the Catholic Church teaches, Jesus' death on the cross was the completion of the Passover Seder meal he began in the upper room the night before and thus was simultaneously the fulfillment of the Old Covenant while bringing forth the New Covenant in his body and blood, then why was the resurrection necessary? I mean, if Christ sacrifice on the cross and the drinking of the sour wine before he died was the consummation of the 4th cup of the Seder, the cup of Restoration, then why is Christ's resurrection significant? His death and completion of the Passover obviously restored us and created the New Covenant in his blood, so why is the Resurrection important?
The answer is that our earthly bodies bear the reflection of Adam, the false Adam and that must be un-done.
The Old Testament is basically the story of God creating man and woman in perfection and harmony with him, then the fall happens. The fall perverts and twists God's creation into a type of "knot" of imperfection and separation from him. The rest of the Old Testament is all history and prophecy that prefigures and tells of a coming savior that will un-tie the knot, while being told in front of the backdrop of the 4 Covenants of the Old Testament: Noah, Abraham, Moses & David.
As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:42-43
So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
You can see here that Paul is talking about the dichotomy of our fallen nature and the nature of us that was made reality in the resurrection of Christ.
We are corrupted. We are raised in Incorruption.
We are dishonorable. We are raised in Glory.
We are weak. We are raised in Power.
Paul goes on in verse 45 to tie this back to the original Adam, the "false Adam".
And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
As you can see, Christ's resurrection was the complete negation and reversal over everything that Adam's disobedience had perverted us to be.
In verse 22, Paul very plainly tells us that the nature of Adam is death, while the nature of Christ is life.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
Christ's resurrection is God's promise (or dare I say Covenant?) to us that we will be raised Uncorrupted, In Glory and In Power along with him.
Peace Be With You!