By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
This is of 'first importance': Promised life after death
Thinking of God
Larry Sheehy
Larry Sheehy

What do you think about when you consider Jesus’ resurrection? Perhaps, like me, you most often reflect on his victory over death, and the fact that his victory makes it possible for us to win over death as well. 

Without a doubt, these thoughts are wonderful. But there is more! Jesus’ resurrection makes ours possible. Look at three of the blessings made certain for Christians by Jesus rising from the grave.

First, consider the victory of the son of God over Satan and death. The writer of Hebrews, discussing the importance of Jesus’ coming to earth, said that he came “so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death ….” (Hebrews 2:14-15). 

Jesus’ death destroyed Satan, since it took away the single greatest weapon he has. The fear of death occupies a place of darkness in our minds. Do you remember David’s “valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4)? Death is, for most, the greatest anxiety imaginable. This may be why some are willing to pay fortunes for the possibility of extending life as long as possible, gambling on the revival of life by means of future technology. 

Just this morning I heard news of the claimed creation of a devise to make possible never-ending physical life. 

Well, the Creator of Everything — yes, EVERYTHING — is in charge, and we are not! The Lord has determined, because of sin, physical life will never be unending. Jesus’ victory over death fulfilled the promise of God to the devil that he would be dealt a death blow by the savior of the world (Genesis 3:15).

Second, the resurrection of Jesus is confirmation of the greatest blessing of God to man — the truth that Jesus died for our sins. Paul wrote, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1Cor 15:3). 

In his opening remarks in the Roman letter the apostle Paul wrote that Jesus “was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4). His death, made possible by the love of both the Father and his Son, paid for our sins and made it possible for us to live with them forever in heaven. 

By his grace, and through faithful acceptance of his gift, the children of God are saved from the eternal consequences of our disobedience.

The third blessing is that his resurrection from the dead gave him new life, the model for the lives Christians are to live in him. This truth is taught so eloquently by Paul at Romans 6:3-4. “...all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

Because of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, those who love and obey his commands (John 6:46; John 14:15) will live that promised new life. The three most certain facts are that God loves us (John 3:16-17), Jesus is alive as he promised (Matthew 28:6)  and he is coming back to take us home with him (John 14:1-3). Consequently, we look forward with full assurance of life after death with the Lord — forever. Amen!

Sign up for the Herald's free e-newsletter