8 • Demolishing the Power of Sin, Satan and Death
In Lesson 2 we said that the reason for death, sin, suffering and sickness in the world is because of the sin of Adam and Eve. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death and teaches that death reigned through Adam. In Adam all died (1 Corinthians 15:22). Adam was the first representative of the entire human race. Their sin allowed the devil to wreak havoc in this world. In a sense, the world in its sinfulness belongs to the devil and to all who follow him (1 John 5:19). By deceiving Eve and Adam, the devil catapulted the whole human race into sin and death.
But then Jesus Christ came, the second representative of mankind (Romans 5:12, 15, 17-19). He lived a perfect life and died for the sins of believers, thereby demolishing the power of the devil and death (Hebrew 2:14). Christ overcame Satan by conquering death (Hebrew 2:14; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58). Three days after Jesus’ death, God raised Him from the dead in a glorified body (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)! Jesus ate food with His disciples in His glorified body (John 21:10-14). God broke the power of death and sin in this way. Death could not hold Jesus Christ in the grave, because He is God who is sinless (1 Peter 2:22). Many of Jesus’ followers saw Him after His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-7). There were many eyewitnesses who saw Him as it is written in the gospels. The followers of Jesus rejoiced at this event, but some, like the disciple Thomas, doubted until they physically saw and touched Him (John 20:27-29; Luke 24:36-44).
Jesus said to Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed”. We have not seen Jesus physically risen from the dead, like His disciples did, but blessed will we be if we believe like His disciples believed! Before His death Jesus prophesied that He would be raised on the third day (Luke 9:22; Luke 18:31-33). The resurrection of Jesus Christ was and is of cardinal importance in the history of mankind. Death, Satan and sin would still have power over us if Jesus was not raised from the dead, and death would still be an eternal reality even for those who belong to God (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). But because God the Father raised Jesus from the dead through the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:4; Ephesians 1:19), people can live forever if they believe in Jesus Christ (Romans 4:24, 25). In Colossians 2:14, 15, it states that Jesus made an open spectacle of the devil and his angels (where it refers to principalities and powers) by triumphing over them on the cross. To mankind it seemed as though the devil was victorious, defeating the Son of God (Matthew 27:39-43). But because Jesus never sinned and is God, death could not hold Him in the grave. Jesus’ sinless life gave Him the power to be raised from the dead. God raised Him from the dead and the Holy Spirit testified to the fact of Jesus’ divinity (Romans 1:4). Jesus said, ‘…unless a grain of wheat falls in the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies it produces much grain’ (John 12:24). Jesus was thé Grain of wheat that died and because of His resurrection, everlasting life is certain for those who believe (John 3:16). Because Jesus is God and never sinned, the grave and its power were demolished forever! This is the good news of Jesus Christ!
Truth to consider: Death for Jesus’ followers is not the end but becomes a doorway to eternal life with God! That isn’t only good news but great news! In fact, if Jesus did not rise from the dead His followers would be still in their sins (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). But the sting of death has been removed. Death has been swallowed up in victory! Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:54, 55, 57).
Read: 1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 John 5:19; Romans 5:12,15,17-19; Hebrews 2:14; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; John 21:10-14; 1 Peter 2:22;1 Corinthians 15:3-7; John 20:27-29; Luke 24:36-44; Luke 9:22; Luke 18:31-33; Romans 6:4; Ephesians 1:19; Romans 4:24,25; Colossians 2:14,15; Matthew 27:39-43; Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15:12-18.