DayBreaks for 3/21/18: Without a Doubt
From the DayBreaks archive, 2008:
How strange are the mysteries of God! To paraphrase: “If you want to find your life, you must lose it.” Or, “He that is the greatest shall be the least among you.” “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” Certainly, perhaps the greatest understatement in the history of the universe was when God declared, My ways are not your ways, nor my thought like your thoughts. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so are my thoughts above your thoughts.
It seems strange that in dying, death was defeated. Christ took death in both of his arms and pulled it into his mortal body, and in doing so, defeated it. Through the resurrection, death and its power were forever broken and we need not fear the moment of our physical death for one second longer. This is the peace that Christ has bought us: that we have been reconciled to God the Father through Jesus’ atoning death and resurrection. All that previously stood between us has been removed, torn down, ripped asunder like the veil in the temple.
“He died, but he vanquished death; in himself, he put an end to what we feared; he took it upon himself, and he vanquished it; as a mighty hunter, he captured and slew the lion. Where is death? Seek it in Christ, for it exists no longer; but it did exist, and now it is dead. O life, O death of death! Be of good heart; it will die in us also. What has taken place in our head will take place in his members; death will die in us also. But when? At the end of the world, at the resurrection of the dead in which we believe and concerning which we do not doubt.” – Augustine, Sermon 233
It is one thing to stand at the gravesite and hope for resurrection. It is another, as Augustine put it, to “believe and concerning which we have no doubt.” It is through a life of close fellowship with God that such confidence comes. The resurrection was the first fruit of Christ’s victory – a victory that he is eager to share with each of his children!
PRAYER: Lord, it is difficult for us to believe and accept that death holds no power as we see people dying all around us. May we, as we celebrate Christ’s victory over death, clearly understand that it is our victory, too. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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