The past two years during the Christmas season I have sought to emphasize that one of the beauties of the Incarnation (John 1:14) is that Jesus confronted sin and death (Rom. 8:2). Christianity is not escapism! Obviously the climax of that confrontation is seen in the cross and resurrection. Michael Rogers in his book, What Happens After I Die notes well why the work of Christ proves Him to be the true Savior. Rogers wrote:
Death’s shadow lay deep upon mankind before Jesus came. People even wondered if God comprehended their great dread of the grave. And if he knew, did he care? The Greeks invented an array of mythical gods and goddesses. A common characteristic of these fictional deities was an elitist attitude of apatheia. As the word sounds, these imaginary divine beings were apathetic to human suffering—living in a realm set apart from us and not even pretending to care about mortal problems. The Greeks saw it as a virtue that their gods never condescended to be soiled by our woes. These superior beings would not consider letting the soles of their feet touch sordid human affairs. “Incarnation” would have been unthinkable to Greek gods and goddesses. Not so for the one true God of the Bible, who both cares about man’s death-dilemma and acted in amazing power to reverse the consequences. The second person of the Godhead condescended to be born as a human baby, having a direct encounter with human death as his foremost goal in his incarnation.
He also wrote:
The cross and resurrection smashed the tyranny of death for believers.
In the words of one Hymn writer; Hallelujah, what a Savior!