Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Grave Is Conquered

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’  Then they remembered his words.
Luke 24:1-8 (emphasis added)

Friday was the dark day of reckoning. Christ took my sin upon Himself and willingly suffered my penalty for my betrayal. 
Saturday was the day of silence, when hope seemed lost and Jesus friends ached for His presence.
But now, it's Sunday. 

The tomb is empty! 

Jesus paid the penalty for sin and conquered all His enemies, even death. So that He has true victory over all evil in this world. He is the conqueror. And not even death can hold Him down. Only Christ has the final say over the grave. And His word has been given, death shall not have the victory.

Jesus is alive!

The promise first whispered in the garden of Eden has been fulfilled. God has come and rescued us. He has beaten His enemy, Satan, and the power of sin has been destroyed. 

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, 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.

The glory of that morning is unknown. Oh but it must have been amazing! Jesus arose early on the 3rd day, with no one but His Father and the Spirit present. What a celebration they must have enjoyed together! What extreme and utter joy! What a beautiful morning! He had done it, He had done battle, and He had won. 

Happy Easter.

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