At Christmastime, we often hear the reminder that Jesus was “born to die.” And that is mostly true. Of course, he came to die (John 3:14-16). But He died so that He might live.
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. (John 10:17)
Jesus died so that He could rise from the dead. And though we could point to several purposes for His resurrection, the one that fits with our theme is His triumph. Jesus rose from the dead so He could trounce Satan, who for thousands of years wielded the power of death against humanity.
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Hebrews 2:14-15)
In the resurrection, God brought an abrupt end to Satan’s winning record. Having defeated every man in death, Satan thought He could triumph over the Son of God as well. And that was his fatal mistake. Because when Jesus broke the power of death, Satan not only lost that battle, but he also lost the war. In the resurrection of Jesus Christ, death lost its power over mankind.
We can delight in Christ if we consider the nature of His triumph. Notice how Jesus trounced the devil:Continue reading “Jesus Wins!”