Easter – A Dead Enemy

Easter – A Dead Enemy

1 Corinthians 15:2-26

When Jesus died, Death should have won. He thought he was going to win. Like Goliath, standing on the opposite hill, taunting all of God’s people, Death was chanting, “I am unstoppable!” What a shock to Death when Jesus came back to life. God was victorious, and it stunned death! And here’s the exciting part for us. Death didn’t just lose power over Jesus when Jesus rose from the dead. He lost his power over us in that moment. Every single person who has lived, and who has died, will be brought back to life by the power of God. But not everyone follows Jesus into eternal life with God. Those who went through life choosing to trust in themselves will rise from the dead to an eternity separated from God. They will be judged for their sins, and they will bear the wrath of God in their eternal bodies. But those who put their faith in Jesus in this life will rise from the dead in the manner that Jesus rose from the dead. In that moment, when God raises those who trust Him from the dead, there will be this chant – this end-zone victory dance – and it won’t be premature. It won’t be overstated. It will be true, and it will have come to pass: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”


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