2017-04-13 / Worship

Jesus’ ultimate victory

(I Corinthians 15:23-39)

Jesus was crucified for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead. It is important that we recognize Jesus’ resurrection as his ultimate victory.

“The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.” She ran and told Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him” (John 20:1, 2).

“So they ran both together, and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre... Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes...For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home” (John 20:4- 10).

Weeping at the grave, Mary became the first person to see Jesus after his resurrection. A voice spoke, “Why weepest thou? whom seeketh thou?” Mary answered, “Tell me where hast thou laid him, and I will take him away.” Then Jesus called her by name, “Mary”, and she addressed him as “Rabboni” (“Master”). Jesus said, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God” (John 20:11-17).

This is the greatest moment in the history of mankind, the ultimate victory of Jesus over death. In I Corinthians 15:23, Paul says, “But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.” Everyone will experience physical death,but those who have accepted Jesus as Savior will share his victory and rise again when Jesus returns to the earth.

Paul continues, “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (verses 24-26).

Those who repent of their sins, accept Jesus as savior, submit to baptism, and become affiliated with the church of their choice, will share the ultimate victory of Jesus.

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