Terry R Baughman is Lead Pastor for LifeChurch in Gilbert, AZ. See his complete bio at trbaughman.com
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Death is Buried
Terry R. Baughman
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4 NKJ).
For many the pale of death brings fear and finality to our existence. There is little hope beyond what we can see in this life for most people. Death is universal and comes to all. No one escapes its clutches or evades its grasp. We won't get out of here alive. One out of one die!
The greatest thing Jesus promised was everlasting life! John saw Him for who He was, “and the Word was God” (John 1:1 NKJ). He identified Him as the life, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4 NKJ). Jesus Himself revealed, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6 NKJ). So it is not an empty promise when it was stated, “Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJ).
Jesus demonstrated His power over death on several occasions. He restored life to the young boy of the widow from Nain. He raised Jarius’ daughter with a simple request, “Little girl, I say to you, arise” (Mark 5:41 NKJ). Then, at the tomb of His friend He boldly commanded, “Lazarus, come forth!” (John 11:43 NKJ). Death had to leave whenever He spoke. However, nothing demonstrated His power over death more than His own resurrection.
The sacrificial death of Jesus was part of His plan to bring salvation to the world. He outlined His purpose, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28 NKJ). The crucifixion was not an unexpected outcome or a tragic mistake, rather it was all a part of the plan of redemption. Jesus said, “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again” (Luke 24:7 NKJ).
Just as much as death was inevitable for Jesus, so also was His ultimate resurrection. When Jesus was buried in the borrowed tomb, death went there with Him, but only one came out. Jesus arose victorious over death, hell, and the grave. Death was buried and stays buried. While we are still under the curse of death as human beings, we are also under the provision and promise of everlasting life through Jesus Christ. We do not need to fear death. It is no longer final.
Death is just a passage way to everlasting life. It is just a door, a temporary space, a changing room to prepare for eternity. We shall arise. We shall live!
Death has no more dominion, no power, no authority. Paul wrote, “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him” (Romans 6:8–9 NKJ).
Our great hope lies beyond the grave. In the resurrection chapter Paul said, “Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’” (1 Corinthians 15:54–55 NLT).
Death is buried in the grave and just like Christ rose from the tomb, we are promised the same resurrection power. Death is done; he is buried and gone. We shall live again … forever!
“We thank God for giving us the victory as conquerors through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One” (1 Corinthians 15:57 TPT).