Through death, Jesus destroyed the devil that had the power of death. At the same time, He released those who, through fear of death, were subject to bondage. There is no more death for believers. Christ plants in us an undying seed of heavenly immortality, though we have to pass through natural death.
Not only are we to have no fear of death for our natural body; but also to have no fear of anything else that would die. For example, the death of a relationship or a dream. The death of a vision in the natural means God’s life will be manifested greater in another way. The power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us the assurance of freedom from the fear of loss, despair or hopelessness.
Destroyed means rendered powerless; deprived of all power to hurt the people of God. Hallelujah! No matter what we go through, we are going through it. What had the power to keep us bound to death was conquered by our Lord. We do go through sufferings, through pain, through losses; and through every evil work we come out filled with the life of Christ, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 2:14-15 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
We are new creatures in Christ. Old things have passed away. This position we have in Christ is finished, but the possession of it is accomplished in our daily walk. With each step, we learn we are finished with what is truly gone.
To know, count as completed, that we are dead unto sin but alive unto God through Christ, is demonstrated through baptism. As our whole body goes in the water, we identify with His death on the cross. As we are raised up out of the water, we identify with His resurrection. Our old man is crucified with Him that henceforth, we should not serve sin. When we are dead, we are freed from sin. The outside shows what we believe our new birth has done on the inside. The old no longer exists. We can check the list of what used to be in our lives…before Christ, and place a checkmark next to done showing it is complete! The truth we know sets us free.
Our profession brings forth the possession of His promises because of our position in Him. Let’s not let what is dead hinder what is alive. Let us continually ignore what no longer has any power. The words we speak and believe in our hearts express this truth as we walk in this newness of life from glory to glory!
Romans 6:4 “Therefore we were buried with him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
In hospitals, some are battling a deadly disease and some are celebrating a child’s birth. In airports, some are weeping because their loved ones are leaving while others are rejoicing because their loved ones are coming home. When Jesus arrived at the gates of Nain with his disciples, a large crowd was recounting and rejoicing for the healings and miracles they had just witnessed. At this gate, they passed another large group going the opposite direction. They were leaving the city, accompanying a widow in mourning for her son as his coffin was being carried out. It was a crossroad where compassion met sorrow and life met death.
When we find ourselves on a path of sorrow, depression and despair we also find the Lord meeting us to take us the opposite direction. The trials we go through may put us in various protective shells hindering us from receiving comfort and hope from others; but Jesus is able to break through, touch and heal us. In the midst of our tears when we are unable to call upon His name, He hears what we cannot say, feels our pain and is moved with compassion. He is our healer and helps us rise up from deadly conditions.
When we cross the paths of others, let us also take heed to what they are going through and be sensitive to their cry. We can bring consolation, hope and healing in the name of Jesus, from glory to glory!
Luke 7:13-14 “When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, arise.’ ”
In the Bible we read the story of Ahithophel, who killed himself because his advice was not followed. The offense, combined with pride, rejection and anger pushed him to suicide. The way we respond to what happens in our lives matters. He killed himself physically, but killing ourselves emotionally may also happen when a conflict is not confronted and conquered.
There are three responses to an offense, but only one is the right response. One is to do nothing and let it grow inside of us stirring up anger, resentment and bitterness. Another response is to seek revenge, to get even by fighting back with harsh words and ungodly reaction. The right response is the biblical one: we confront the conflict by going to the Lord and releasing it into His hands. We are then instructed on how to go to the person to seek resolution, reconciliation and peace.
We receive His life so that the hurt doesn’t bring emotional death: death of hope in another relationship; death of faith in restoration; death of trust in reformation; death of love in greater measure; death of our willingness to extend a hand of mercy. In Christ, we have abundant life. Whatever hurtful action may come our way, we respond by choosing life and walking in Christ’s healing, from glory to glory!
2 Samuel 17:23 Now when Ahithophel saw that his advice was not followed, he saddled a donkey, and arose and went home to his house, to his city. Then he put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died; and he was buried in his father’s tomb.