Victory Over Death

MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016

Why the Resurrection Matters

[The Resurrection] is the best possible news for human beings who live in a broken world. – Steven Mathewson (senior pastor of Libertyville Evangelical Free Church in Illinois)

Key Bible Verse: For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. (Romans 6:5, ESV)

Dig Deeper: Romans 6:1-11

Think about the difference between Jesus Christ’s resurrection and the resurrection of Lazarus (John 11:1-44). Douglas Moo writes: “Unlike Lazarus’s ‘resurrection’ (better, ‘revivification’), which did not spare him from another physical death, Christ’s resurrection meant a decisive and final break with death and all its power.”1 [As the apostle Paul says], “Death no longer has mastery over him” (Rom. 6:9, NIV et al.)

When you follow the apostle Paul’s argument in Romans 6, you find that our union with Christ makes this true for us as well. Verse 8 says, “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” This union with Christ comes through faith (Rom. 1:17; 3:22, 25-26; 4:5; 5:1). Jesus’s victory over death is a victory in which we share when we are united with him. Because of our connection to Jesus Christ, the one who died and rose from death, we can be confident that death will one day have no mastery over us.

1Douglas Moo, The Epistle to the Romans, The New International Commentary on the New Testament (Eerdmans, 1996), 378.

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