Because He lives

Death, it is the cause of nightmares and fills our heart with fear;  it causes men to take the most horrendous actions and make the poorest choices. We do not know all its secrets but we know its reason and its condition. It is the price we must pay for our fall and it is the state of being apart from God. (Genesis 2:17) We are sinners. How can we escape it? How can any debt be escaped? Someone must pay.

The creator in his infinite love and mercy looked down upon us and knowing our hopeless state came to our rescue. He, the Messiah, became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:14) With supernatural power He changed the lives of multitudes. He healed the sick, raised the dead, fed thousands and caused legions of demons to flee. Nature itself bowed to His will. While all this was done to relieve a suffering humanity, it had an even greater purpose, to help their unbelief. Yet most still did not comprehend that the Messiah would have to die. (Isaiah 53:7-9)

They came with soldiers and thought they had captured Him. But it had always been the plan. He gave himself up to be stripped, beaten and whipped. Then they nailed Him to the cross and completed the sacrifice. With every drop of blood he cleansed our sins and made us new. He would say “It is finished” (John 19:30). The price had been paid. But there was one last enemy to be vanquished.

They placed our Savior in a tomb and sealed it with a stone. They set a guard of several soldiers and thought that was it. (Matthew 27:65) They thought Jesus was defeated. But then came Sunday Morning.

It had been prophesied (Matthew 12.40), it had been told, but no one seemed to be ready. While the disciples cowered in unbelief, the rulers celebrated their victory, and the devil rejoiced in his darkness, an Angel came upon the tomb. He rolled the stone and out came the King of Kings and Lord of lords. (Matthew 28:2) He vanquished death for all time. He shone as the sun, and Instead of the lamb he rose as the mighty Lion of Judah. He had set the captives free, washed away the sin, crushed the devil on his head and freed us from the nightmare of death. “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55-56) Because He lives we know He is the Messiah, the promised one. We now know that we will be safe in his arms.

Because He lives we know that we need not fear. Our God lives and we shall forever be with Him!

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