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Death had always had mastery over human beings because of its mysterious nature. It was also feared because it seemed to possess an aura of finality with absolutely no response from human beings.

As we approach Easter, one great thing we must celebrate is the destruction of death. Let us first explore the power of death in order to appreciate the import of its destruction.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15: 56 that “the sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law”. This means that death wielded power over us because of the nature of sin and the power of sin. The nature of sin is in us, we are born into it and we learn to live in sin and to perpetuate sin. The sinful nature loves sin. The power of sin is the law, which means that the law reminds us what sin is, but does not deliver us from it. In stating what is wrong, the law clearly demonstrates what sin is, but never pronounces the solution to the sin. This is why death was so feared and revered.

Jesus comes and deals with death in two ways. Firstly He destroys the power of sin. He takes away sin with his own blood sacrifice, and becomes the Lamb of God who takes way the sins of the world. Secondly, he satisfies and fulfills the law by meeting its requirements through His righteousness.

Though Jesus righteousness we are freed from the demands of the law, and are at the same time empowered to fulfill it. “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”. 2 Corinthians 5:21.

Once the core of death was raided and emptied by Jesus, the victory cry was raised “Death is swallowed up in victory” “O death where is your victory? O death where is your sting?”.
[1 Corinthians 15:55] we can afford to celebrate because the last bastion of the Kingdom of darkness has fallen and we need not be afraid any more.

What are the implications of the fall of death?

Firstly, we can live in freedom, and no longer in bondage to the fear of death. This is truly reassuring.

Secondly, we can now shift out focus to the resurrection which is now the destiny. We look forward to resurrection, even though we face death.

Thirdly, we have confidence in the power of Jesus because He conquered life's greatest enemy. We can live in this confidence and not walk on egg shells anymore. In other words, we now know one who is more powerful than the power of death.

Lastly, we can look at death as a benefit and not as a loss. We, like the Apostle Paul, can say “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain” Philippians 1:21. We can also then wonder, like the Apostle Paul, “If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.” [Philippians 1: 22 - 24]

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