Easter: Death is Swallowed Up In Victory

 

“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed there about, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek the living among the dead? He is not here but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again” – (Lk.24:1-7).

“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death; where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” – (1Cor.15:54-57).

 

   I think of the unsaved and their hopeless Easters who substitute the Devil’s lie of the Easter bunny instead of the Lord Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. I think of the blasphemy of pastors who bring in the Easter bunny and Easter egg hunts into their churches, mixing up the Devil’s lie with God’s true gospel. I think of the cemeteries that I’ve been in lately with Easter bunnies on the graves like the heathens. I think of the public schools now having ‘spring breaks’ instead of ‘Easters breaks.’ O how they have been deceived by Satan the great deceiver. They would rather believe the ‘bunny beast’ than the Word of God’s Son and very soon God will give ‘the Beast’ to rule over U.S. “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” – (2 Thes.2:9-12).

 

   God’s Easter in the Bible shows man that he can conquer death which is God’s judgment for sin and have eternal life. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23). The wages of sin is death and the only way to escape the damnation of sin is to receive the free gift of God’s grace – His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, sin pays wages. It is the “wages of unrighteousness” – (2 Pet.2:15) and your pay is death, both the death of the body and the second death, eternal death, in the lake of fire – (Rev.20:15). When you sin you ‘wage’ war against God; you break His laws. And you will end up in prison serving an everlasting death sentence as all unsaved sinners will. O don’t gamble with your soul; don’t ‘wager’ and take the risk that God’s Word is not the truth; don’t ‘wager’ that there is no hell. If you don’t get saved and born again by Christ, your pay envelope at your judgment day will contain everlasting punishment in the lake of fire.

 

“But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23). Thank God that salvation from hell is God’s free gift of grace. In spite of the fact that we all have sinned, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” – (Jn.3:16). And Jesus so loved all, that He came down to earth and laid His life down on the tree-cross to redeem man who committed his first sins on the tree in Eden. The only way any poor sinner can be saved from Hell’s eternal death and have eternal life in Heaven is to repent of their sins and receive Jesus Christ by faith. When Adam and Eve swallowed the forbidden fruit, their lives were swallowed up in death. If they had chewed it and spit it out and didn’t swallow it, it would not have broken God’s commandment. The definition of ‘eat’ is (to ingest, chew, and swallow). “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” – (Gen.2:17). But first they swallowed the Devil’s lie before they swallowed death.  

 

   You cannot receive heaven and eternal life and escape hell by good works. Wages is what you receive for your work and God tells us that salvation is not by your works – “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” – (Eph.2:8,9). All that your entire life’s work will get you is the second death in hell because – “The wages of sins is death…” Your pay from God for the work of your whole life is hell because you rejected His beloved Son on the cross as your Savior. You cannot sin every day of your life and expect that a few good works will save you and make atonement for your sins. Jesus Christ is God’s atonement “…through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement” – (Rom.5:11). Jesus Christ is God’s scapegoat and escape from the punishment of sin – “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…” – (Heb.2:3). Receive Christ as your escapegoat.

 

God gave us a scapegoat,

His Son on the cross.

He became sin for the world,

His blood was the cost.

 

   This is what Easter is all about. Death (God’s wages for sin) is swallowed up in victory through Jesus Christ. His bloody death for sin on the cross and His resurrection three days later. Showing us that if we get saved by Him and have our sins forgiven, we have eternal life. This is the gospel that all of God’s true preachers preach. “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved…For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” – (I Cor.15:1-4).

 

   God’s Word tells us that like the grass and the roses we shall die – “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:”- (1Pet.1:24). But if you repent of your sins and believe God’s gospel of His beloved Son, you will receive eternal life...like the rose we shall die, but because Christ ‘rose’ again we shall resurrect from death also. Peter tells us in the verse before – “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” – (I Pet.1:23). As God’s Word lives and abides forever, so shall you have eternal life and live and abide forever, if you’re born again. “…that mortality might be swallowed up of life” – (2 Cor.5:4).

 

   You are born of the flesh the first time with the corruption seed of your earthly father, and you are born again of the Spirit by the incorruptible seed of your heavenly Father when the Word of God germinates in your heart by faith. At that instant you have eternal life abiding in you even though your body may die before the rapture. You are now a child of God and a member of His redeemed family. And your Abba is the greatest Daddy in the universe. “…but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father” – (Rom.8:15). Have you had your own personal Easter? Have you swallowed up your death in victory? “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” – (I Cor.15:57). Jesus Christ came to earth to solve man’s greater problem; sin and the punishment of sin, which is death. Through Christ your death and mortality is swallowed up of life.

 

   Being swallowed up in death is in the Bible several times. In (Num.16) we have the rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram and 250 other men – “And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods… went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them.. And there came out a fire from the Lord, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men…” – (Num.16:32-35).

 

   The earth clave asunder and swallowed them up – alive and the 250 men were burnt up – alive. These sinners set their mouths in rebellion against God; their “throat was an open sepulcher” – (Ps.5:9). And justly does the Lord open the earth’s mouth upon them and ‘swallow’ them up. It was typical of sinners who “sink down in the Pit” – (Ps.9:15) and “go down quickly into hell” – (Ps.55:15). David prayed “…neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me” – (Ps.69:15).

 

   And 250 men who were burnt up shows us that “our God is a consuming fire” – (Heb.12:29). All of this is typical of hell in the center of the earth, the pit of hell, that burns with fire and brimstone as unsaved sinners suffer the vengeance of eternal fire, God tells us that was “written for our admonition” – (I Cor.10:11). And so the sinner is warned of hell – vividly in the O.T.

 

   Jonah was another one that was swallowed down into hell by a whale because of his rebellion – “Out of the belly of hell cried I” – (Jonah 2:2). Jonah cried out to the Lord “Salvation is of the Lord” and the whale vomited Jonah up upon the dry land. As our food is swallowed in our mouth down into the belly pit, so will unsaved sinners be swallowed down to hell unless they find salvation in the Lord Jesus.

 

   For many the story of Jonah is ‘hard to swallow,’ to accept it by faith without question. But if they can’t swallow the story of Jonah, they most certainly will not ‘swallow the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus’ and Jesus connected the two together. “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here” – (Mt.12:39-41). Jonah’s death was swallowed up in victory because he was saved by the Lord.

 

   Do you believe in your heart that Christ died on the cross and was buried for three full days and resurrected from death? Have you repented of your sins and believed by faith in your heart in the Lord Jesus for forgiveness of sins and salvation in Him. Did you believe in Easter and have your death in hell swallowed up in victory through the Lord Jesus Christ? When you truly believe you will become a new born again creature in Christ. The old man is crucified with Christ and you become a new man – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). You have the seed of eternal life in you. “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” – (I Jn.5:11,12).

 

   Do not believe the Devil’s lie like Adam and Eve, that you will not suffer the second death in the lake of fire. Believe God’s Word of truth – “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” – (Rev.20:14,15). Be saved and born again in Christ and have your death and mortality swallowed up in life.

 

 

Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705

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