[Column] We Have Been Made Victors Through the Resurrection of Christ.

Christ is risen! Resurrection is the most significant and wondrous event in the history of mankind and the universe. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Apostle Paul declared concerning this event: “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1Corinthians 15:55-57). The sting of death had tormented mankind for generations. People grew apprehensive of death because of sin (Romans 5:12). After all, the wage of sin is death and we became Satan’s slaves because of sin (Romans 6:23). Perhaps, those who have lived a righteous life may not fear death as much but how many of us have actually lived a righteous and blameless life? Because of our sinful nature, we have lived most of our lives in sin.

What is sin? It is a refusal by the creature to acknowledge and accept the Creator. In other words, it is man’s pride. Does God cease to exist if we deny and disobey Him? Not quite. There was a militant atheist. One day, he posted a sign on the roof of his house to promote his personal philosophy. It read, “God is nowhere.” Years passed and the color of the letters on the sign gradually faded. Especially, “here” from the word “nowhere” became barely visible and only “now” stood out. This unintended “accident” caused passersby to separate the word “nowhere” into two parts: “Now” and “here.” As a result, they read the sign as “God is now here.” How true this is. God is now here. With us. He is watching all our deeds both good and bad. We cannot hide our sin from God whose eyes are like flames of fire.

A motorist was pulled over by a police officer for speeding. When the officer said, “You were driving faster than other vehicles,” the driver carelessly responded, “I wasn’t exactly myself after a few drinks.” Of course, the officer added DUI. Witnessing this event, the driver’s wife who sat next to him suddenly burst into rage saying, “I told you not to drive when you had your license revoked.” Astonished, the officer went on, “Driving without license added.” Then, the driver’s mother in law in the back seat chided him saying, “I told you a stolen vehicle doesn’t last long.” The motorist was immediately arrested. If we carefully examine our sins, it won’t be long till we lose count of them. That is how sinful we are. Because sin and death rule over us, we can hardly avoid the judgment of wrath and eternal damnation.

However, we have been made victors through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57). Had He not risen again, our gospel and our faith would be useless (1 Corinthians 15:14). While there is ample evidence for the Resurrection of Christ, there is not a single piece of reasonable evidence proving otherwise. Even to this day, countless believers are experiencing the risen Lord.

Through the Resurrection of Jesus, the faithful have been delivered from the bondage of sin and death and granted victory. The President of the United States has the power of clemency. He reserves the right to grant forgiveness of a crime regardless of how grave it may be. When Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose again, God the Father declared universal amnesty. God has decided to forgive man’s sin if he accepts and believes in Jesus Christ who died and rose again. The Resurrection of our Lord nullified the Satan’s rule over sinful mankind.

Jesus said, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades” (Revelations 1:17-18). That Jesus is the living one signifies His eternal existence. We as saints have been granted the power to rule with Christ for eternity. During Isaiah’s time, the King of Jerusalem suffered enormous distress because of Israel and Syria. When the kings of these nations became an ally and invaded Jerusalem, God told Isaiah: “Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood” (Isaiah 7:4). The smoldering stubs of firewood generate smokes and eventually disappear. Likewise, the evils, pains, diseases, and death we go through while on earth will disappear and have no power over us. Why? Because the Lord who has the keys of hell and death is our bridegroom and savior.

When Jesus returns, the dead will be resurrected into immortal bodies. In the Church of Corinth, there were those who denied the resurrection of the body. Thus, Apostle Paul employs the analogy of the seed in 1 Corinthians 15:36 and proceeding verses to explain the resurrection of the body. Just as a seed does not just die and disappear but bear fruits, our body will bear the fruit of the glorious, resurrected body without decomposition. Christianity is the religion of the bodily resurrection. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). When Jesus Christ returns, the dead will be resurrected first and every believer will put on the glorious and incorruptible body. All of us will take part in resurrection in imitation of our Lord, the first fruit of the Resurrection. We will inherit the Kingdom of God, where there are no sin, tears, and grief, and forever rule with Christ (Revelations 21:4).
Therefore, let us patiently await the second coming of our Lord, serve Him and His church, and strive for evangelization. Apostle Paul exhorts us that those who have resurrection faith must not be moved but stand firm in the labor for the Lord: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58). We are called to invite Jesus Christ, the author of our life (Acts 3:15), into our hearts, break the chains of sin, death, disease, and curse, and live in victory.

There is a hymn entitled Thine Is The Glory. Its refrain goes: Thine is the glory, risen conqu’ring Son, Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won. Let us boldly declare the glorious victory of Christ.

Please repeat after me.

Sin and death, where is your sting? I have victory over you.
Anxiety and fear, where is your sting? I have victory over you.
Diseases of the mind and the body, where is your sting? I have victory over you.
Curses of life, where is your victory? I have victory over you.
Christ’s resurrection is my resurrection. Christ’s life is my life.
I have been made a victor through the resurrection of Christ.
I have been granted eternal life in heaven, prosperity, and blessings.

Let us always render our utmost gratitude to the risen Lord. We have been made victors through the resurrection of Christ. May all of you triumph in the Risen Lord and enjoy Heavenly blessings always.

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