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Jesus Christ, conqueror of death

Christ conquered death! Alleluia!

The same Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has gone through the experience of death, although in a way different that of human beings. His death was unique and different from that of others especially for the following reasons:
a)   Because he alone, True God and True Man, could reconcile man with God and only through his intervention death to which man would have forever submitted if left to himself, could be defeated.
b)   Because his death was a dying to our sin: “For by dying, he is dead for sin once for all” (Rom 6:10).
Jesus Christ during his earthly existence, stated: “I am the resurrection. Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, will live and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (Jn 11:25-26). His listeners might have not understood very well the meaning of Jesus’ words. But now the Christians believe and know that he died and rose again, and that he is seated at the right hand of God. And he has shown his power over death, as scoop for the final resurrection, while raising his friend Lazarus and the son of the widow of Naim, to life.
It is true that Jesus Christ died, but death remained defeated on its own grounds. By dying, Jesus destroyed death. In this way: “We know that Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again. Death has no power over him any more” (Rom 6:9).
Paul speaks of our Savior Jesus Christ, “He has abolished death, and he brought to light immortality and life through Gospel” (2 Tim 1:10).
And John writes in Revelation what had been revealed to him: “Do not be afraid; it is I, the First and the Last; I am the Living One, I was dead and look —I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades” (Rev 1:17-18). Not only he lives for ever, but also has the keys to Death and to Hades, and this gives an idea of his absolute power and authority over death. So, “It was for this purpose that Christ both died and came to life again: so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living” (Rom 14:9).
 
The Resurrection of Christ, which is the victory over death, is not out of reach of a man of faith, that is, of whoever believes in the Lord and as such lives according to his will.
Since Jesus Christ died and rose again, death began to have a different meaning for a man, especially for a Christian. Death is no more the eternal and unavoidable destiny for man. Now there is hope, there is salvation, there is liberation in Christ Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in him, although he undergoes physical death, shall live forever and will never die again.
For this reason the Death and the Resurrection of Christ, are for the Christian who partakes of them, reason for thanksgiving and joy, while becoming aware that death has lost its great power and that only a greater closeness to the Lord can bring this about: “Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?” (1 Cor 15:55).
Now, for this word to be accomplished in time, it is necessary to leave this mortal body as “Mere human nature cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 15:50), it is necessary to go through the transit from this life into the true Life, which for the Christian far from being a loss, is an incredible gain: “Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would be a positive gain (Phil 1:21), Paul wrote.
In fact, “because of this perishable nature of ours must put on imperishability, this mortal nature must put on immortality. And after this perishable nature has put on imperishability and this mortal nature has put on immortality, then will the words of scripture come true: Death is swallowed up in victory (1 Cor 15:53-54).
And that day, shall finally come when death will cease to manifest itself:
  • “He has destroyed death forever” (Is 25:8).
  • “He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death; and no more mourning or sadness or pain. The world of the past has gone” (Rev 21:4).
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