Tag: victory over death
Scripture reading for February 14th: Matthew 28:1-20, Psalm 34, Proverbs 9:9-10
“Up from the grave He arose, With a mighty triumph over His foes! He arose a victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His Saints to Reign! He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose! “ (Robert Lowery–1826-1899) (Low in the Grave He Lay)
This old hymn captures the essence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus died on that cross and was buried in a tomb owned by Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man. The prophet Isaiah had written about this very thing over 700 years earlier, “He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.” (Isaiah 53:9) As He hung on the cross, He was numbered with the wicked. He was made sin with our sin. But when it was “finished”, His precious body was put in a “rich man’s” tomb! He had purchased great riches in His death. The souls of all who would believe on Him by faith were His Father’s riches! (Psalm 2:7-8) The wealth of nations would be brought to Him!
Isaiah also predicted that this suffering servant would not stay in the grave after fulfilling the Lord’s purpose for His suffering. “Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the Lord makes His life a guilt offering, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in His hand. After the suffering of His soul, He will see the light of life and be satisfied; by His knowledge My righteous servant will justify many and He will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:10-11) God the Father sent His Son to suffer as a guilt offering for the sins of the world. After the suffering, He would again see “the light of life!” Many would be justified and God’s will would prosper through Him forever!
“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come see the place where He lay.” (Matthew 28:5-6) This good news has encouraged those who believe for nearly 2000 years! We serve a risen Savior who is alive! All who believe on Him can have victory over death!
Scripture reading for August 24th: 1st Corinthians 15:29-58
Some church members in Corinth were living as if there were no resurrection. The popular philosophy of their culture was “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” (1st Corinthians 15:32-33) Those who were ignorant of the truth concerning salvation were being influenced by those still in their culture. Paul warned them that ‘Bad company corrupts good character.” This ignorance was leading to sin in the lives of those who had once professed Christ and required repentance and belief of the truth concerning resurrection of the body.
Paul explained to these Corinthians the basics of resurrection from death to dispel their ignorance. He used the concept of planting a seed to help them understand. When a seed is planted it goes into the ground and dies. The life that comes from that seed doesn’t resemble what was sown, but is more glorious. Each seed has a different kind of resurrection glory produced by the life in it. So it is with the human body of a believer in Jesus Christ. It is sown a decaying natural body, but raised a glorious spiritual body.
The resurrection body of a believer will be a spiritual body, not limited by the laws of earth. It will be a powerful body that does not grow old again or wear out. Our natural bodies come from Adam, and are of the earth. Our spiritual bodies come from the second Adam, Jesus Christ. “And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the Man from heaven.” (1st Corinthians 15:49) This transformation will take place in an instant when the last trumpet sounds, calling the dead bodies of believers from the grave. We will be clothed with our spiritual bodies and be raised in a glorious body that will live forever!
“Then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1st Corinthians 15:54-57) This truth requires faith and action. We must stand firm and always give ourselves fully to God’s work! He is coming and resurrection is ours!