Why did Jesus die? – To defeat death.

empty tomb

 

A good friend has said life has a 100% mortality rate.  It is sad but true.  As surely as you live, you will also die.  It really is our own fault.  We rebelled against God and invited the consequences of sin upon ourselves.  The wages of sin are physical and eternal death.  In many ways, death is our enemy.  Death steals away our loved ones and ends any future dreams here on earth.

Jesus came to defeat death.  His empty tomb was evidence enough.  Jesus was murdered on a cross and laid in a tomb.  A heavy stone was placed in front of the tomb to block any entrance or escape, and Roman guards stood watch over the grave.  The scene was set for God to do something amazing.  On the original Resurrection Sunday, some women walked to the tomb to continue preparations for a proper burial of Jesus’ body, but there was no body in the tomb.  Jesus had defeated death!

The resurrection power of Jesus Christ offers hope to you and me.  There is life beyond the grave for those who know Jesus.  The Bible says those who believe in Jesus can know without doubt that we have eternal life (1 John 5:13).

The good news keeps coming for God’s people, because hope extends beyond the grave.  We all need resurrection power in other ways too.  Broken relationships, disease and injury, and emotional struggles are only a sampling of peoples’ needs for resurrection power.  God offers friendship and love to the lonely and brokenhearted.  God provides peace for those who experience turmoil.  God pays attention even to the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, and He loves you too.  So, run into His compassionate arms and cry out to Him for salvation.  What breaks your heart today?  What parts of your life seem dead or dying?  Give those to Jesus in prayer and ask for His resurrection power.

We celebrate the Person of Jesus Christ every Sunday in church.  This Sunday we specifically celebrate His resurrection.  I hope you will join God’s people as we gather to celebrate.  Jesus is risen!  He is risen indeed!

1 Corinthians 15:20-22 – But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.  For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.