Jesus’ Third Victory

The health of our world’s population could be devastated if three pandemic diseases appeared at the same time and spread throughout the world.  If a fast developing influenza virus coupled with a bacterial infection like that of the bubonic plague of the 1300s, and then mixed with an air-born carcinogen  infected the population, the results could be catastrophic.  Many could die.  This trio of nastiness is the stuff of which a horror movie is written or a doomsday scenario constructed.

Worse than pandemic diseases

We have been rescued from worse than the above mentioned health trio of death.  We have been rescued from sin, death and the devil – the real trio of nastiness.  Sin and the devil do not appear in our system as some nasty infection or virus but the curse of sin and the devil is part of everyone’s being.  The slow but sure action of sin-caused-death in our bodies is like a cancer, and more devastating.

We have just finished remembering and celebrating the salvation work of Jesus on the cross.  In that one event, initially over three hours, Jesus defeated the trio of hell.  While there still is sin, the devil, and death, the harsh, hellish consequences are defeated, for all who believe.  The nightmare that is the eternal consequences of sin has been paid by Christ Jesus for us.

To make clear that the trio of death is finished, Jesus rose from the dead.  His body did die after all that he had faced – awful crucifixion and the weight of the curse of sin.  Yet none of those three enemies were strong enough to hold him in death.

He [Jesus] is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).

Jesus had paid for all sins and while the wages of sin is death, there were none of the sins of all people of all time left to hold him in the grave – so, Jesus rose.  Death cannot hold what is not surrounded and engulfed by sin – so Jesus rose.  Death and sin are the two tools of fear that give Satan power over people.  Since Jesus had paid for sin and conquered death, Satan no longer had a way of controlling Jesus and holding him in the grave – so, he rose.

Available to all. Credited to believers.

Those victories that Jesus gained over sin, death, and the devil, he makes available to all people and credits to all people who believe.

54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).

Jesus’ resurrection assures us that our sins were paid for; and

the death which our sins deserved no longer will be able to hold us; and

the fear that Satan uses to control and enslave people is no longer available to

him.

Jesus has the victory.  Jesus credits all people of faith with his victory, as if every believer was the one who defeated sin, death and the devil.

Jesus’ Ascension Victory

The Ascension is the third part of Jesus’ victory – he was victorious on the cross, he was victorious by the resurrection, and he is victorious by ascending to be the King over all for the good of the church.

As Paul wrote to the Ephesians  about Jesus’ ascension, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way (Ephesians 1:21-23).

Jesus was not going to quietly disappear and allow Satan to return the world back under devilish tyranny.  Jesus ascended as King of kings.  Jesus was not going to return to heaven as if he was deserting the world, to leave it fall back under Satan’s control.  Jesus ascended and became Lord of lords. Jesus did not return to heaven to give the impression that his victory was short lived and he was retreating from the world.  Jesus ascended and all things are now under his feet.  Satan cannot wrestle control away from God.  Jesus ascended and rules everything for the good of his people, that is his church.  Jesus ascended but he is not a far off Lord, he is an ever present Lord, an “ever present help in time

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