THE DEFEAT OF DEATH, A SUNBURST AT MIDNIGHT
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST WAS A GLORIOUS SUNBURST AT MIDNIGHT. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, not just a return from death to die again, but with absolute victory over death, all He had said would be empty words. This sermon gives us assurance that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh that defeated the ultimate enemies of human life. Sin is the seed of death and our redeemer could not obliterate death without obliterating sin. Neither sin nor death has power over the soul that has embraced the Life and Victory of the Eternal Son of God. Jesus said, “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.” (John 14:19)
The descent of Jesus Christ into the heart of the earth is one of the great highlights in Christ’s Redemption. The Lord had told His disciples that He would spend three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:40) This proves beyond dispute that Jonah was miraculously preserved in the fish’s belly for seventy two (72) hours. Jonah’s experience was a Prophetic event and a perfect rendering of Christ’s warfare with the powers of hell. Jonah spoke of this dark battle in the depth of the sea, “And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.” (Jonah 2:2-4)
That fits perfectly with the great old song that we sung just before I preached.
“UP FROM THE GRAVE HE AROSE
WITH A MIGHTY TRIUMPH O’ER HIS FOES
HE AROSE A VICTOR FROM THE DARK DOMAIN
AND HE LIVES FOREVER WITH THE SAINTS TO REIGN.”
The Lord’s presence in the heart of the earth was not a walk in the park. Every saint that had died since creation was waiting in Abraham’s Bosom for the Mighty Savior to arrive. He had finished Redemption by His sacrifice of Blood for all the living. Now that victory had to be manifest in upper Sheol for the righteous dead. What a triumphant moment when He led the march out of the realm of the dead straight by Jerusalem and up to the Father’s presence. Matthew spoke of this in his Gospel. “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” (Matthew 27:50-53)
This is not a message for a “ONCE IN THE YEAR CELEBRATION”, but for life everlasting. Please help me shout while you listen to this Sanctuary Sermon.