The Defeat of Death

Today, Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Christ our King, Jesus.  Resurrection Sunday.  Easter.  A time to remember when the tomb stood empty.  The man who was killed for the sins of the world, rose once again, defeating death and washing us clean through the blood spilt on the cross.  We remember because, through His sacrifice and resurrection, we can now rejoice in eternal life with the Abba, Father.

Imagine what it would be like for the men and women who walked with Jesus and watched Him die.  They did not understand His death.  They could not see what was to come.  They were scared. Afraid. Lost without their shepherd.

What would it be like to see the angel of God come down and roll away the stone, opening the tomb once again?

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.  The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
– Matthew 28:2-4

There is a power unknown to man.  A power that we could never know.  I could spend the rest of my life trying to understand it, but I could never comprehend what happened in those three days.  All I know is that our King died for us, for me.  He took our place on that cross and died for our sins.  His blood was spilt for us, washing us clean of our sins.  He was buried, wrapped in linens and placed in a borrowed tomb that was sealed and placed under guard.  And on the morning of the third day, the tomb stood empty.

We may never know what happened in those days between His death and the discovery of the empty tomb in which He was lain. My faith tells me that He descended into death, and death could not hold Him.  The sacrificial lamb, unblemished by sin, rose to be in communion with God, the Father.  Abba.

Faith tells us that His blood was shed for us.  His blood washed us clean. So that when our time on Earth is over, we too can be in communion with God.

You see, death has been defeated.

It holds no power over us.

So, this Easter, as we gorge ourselves on chocolate, sweets, and the love that overflows from family and friends, know that death has been defeated, our King has risen, and that we have been washed clean of our sins, so that we can live in the presence of God, both here in this life and in eternity to come.


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