I hate death. It leaves in its wake heartache, loneliness and despair. If there is one enemy we have in common around the world, it is death.
There was no death until sin entered the world. The first death was that of the animal sacrificed by God to make clothes for a naked and shamed Adam and Eve. (Genesis 3:21) I would not be surprised to learn when I get to heaven that it was a lamb.
Since that day, grief entered the world. All of creation has suffered from the curse of sin. Most of the things we question are a result of a broken world. Most of the hurt we experience is a result of the consequences of what sin caused. That’s the bad news.
I have good news for you today, however. The curse of sin has been broken by Christ and his sacrificial death and glorious resurrection! Romans 8:2 tells us: “…through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
Jesus gave us an eternal hope when he conquered death on that first Easter morning. He broke the curse of sin on the cross and he broke the curse of death at his resurrection. That’s why we call it good news! It is fantastic news! Hopeful news! Life-giving news! There is an answer to the guilt of sin and the pain of death. It’s Jesus! He is our living hope!
The Bible tells us that death will be the last enemy destroyed. (1 Corinthians 15:26) Until Jesus returns and finally stomps out the power of death once and for all, we live in hope of the freedom that is promised. For those in Christ, we will live again! Oh, we will not be the same after we see Jesus. The curse will be removed. The brokenness will be no more. Death will no longer exist.
You see, Jesus hates death too. That’s why he came. That’s why he died in our place. That’s why he conquered death. He gives us hope and he makes it personal:
Jesus said: “Because I live, you also will live!” (John 14:19)
These words are for you, child of God! Listen to them and let them fill you with hope today. They are not just words of a sermon. They are life-giving, promise-filled words from Jesus himself.
With every fiber of my being, I hold onto that wonderful promise. That’s why Easter is my favorite time of year. Hope is given through the resurrection. Death is done! Christ has won!