Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ. But we have to wait our turn: Christ is first, then those with him at his Coming, the grand consummation when, after crushing the opposition, he hands over his kingdom to God the Father. He won't let up until the last enemy is down - and the very last enemy is death! 1 Corinthians 15:21-26 (MSG)
Jesus is risen! Christ is victorious! These declarations of our Easter worship are inseparable. Adam's sin - one that we share - has separated us from God and we fear facing him in death. But Jesus takes our deserved punishment on the cross and Christ's resurrection places us fully into his eternal life in the intimate presence of Almighty God. No enemy has power to destroy us in the resurrection victory of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is risen. In Christ you are victorious over the enemy of depression. Jesus is risen. In Christ you are victorious over the enemy of substance addiction. Jesus is risen. In Christ you are victorious over the enemy of anorexia. Jesus is risen. In Christ you are victorious over the enemy of fear. Jesus is risen. In Christ you are victorious over the enemy of pride. Jesus is risen. In Christ you are victorious over the enemy...Satan. Jesus is risen. In Christ you are victorious over your enemy ________________.
"'Death has been swallowed up in victory.' '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." 1 Corinthians 15:54-57
Jesus, I give you supreme praise! Christ, You shed your blood on the cross for my sin and defeated the enemy that would now seek to destroy me. Lord, in the resurrection you are victorious and I give myself fully to you. Every day I will stand against my enemy in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Give another fifteen minutes to read the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 15. Take note of this: the resurrection of Christ is the 'first fruits' of all that is coming to everyone who is following Christ. If you would like, you can listen to this song
while reading Scripture.
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