Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Psalm 118:14-29 Death Has Been Defeated!

KEY TEXT: Ps 118:17-19 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. The Lord has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

KEY THOT: This psalm is a messianic psalm that echoes Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. He has become the Cornerstone from the “stone that the builders rejected” (v.22). It is a psalm of praise and rejoicing: “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (v.14). Why? Because “I shall not die, but I shall live!” Though death may stare us in the face, we thank God that death has lost its sting—it will not defeat us for death itself has been defeated when Jesus rose from the dead! Hallelujah! We shall not die because Jesus has conquered death for us and we who are baptized into Christ has been baptized into his death and resurrection: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26). 

The devil’s first weapon against believer is deception—to corrupt truth and make us believe his lie, for when we accept his lie, we will fall into sin. If he cannot deceive us because we are steeped in God’s truth, he will try to discourage us by putting setbacks in our path. If we walk by faith and not by sight, we will defeat even this diabolical strategy. When all things fail to distract us from God, he will release his ultimate weapon: destroy us through death. But thanks be to God, even in that He loses because he cannot destroy the life in us for it is eternal and indestructible. Though our body may die, our spirit continues to live on with Christ and one day we shall be raised again with his resurrection body when he returns again. Hallelujah! Jesus is Alive! (Youtube: https://youtu.be/hUYVfOqhfUg)

Father, what a glorious hope You have given us through Your Son—that on Easter Sunday, He rose from the dead and conquered death once for all, so that all who are in Christ will share his victory over death. Amen.

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