DESTROY THE DESTROYER
It is the tradition of the Church to remember the crucifixion of Jesus today, Good Friday. This is something that every believer should remember every day because of the eternal impact it has.
While there are many Scriptures prophesying and speaking of the death of Jesus, I want to focus on a specific aspect of His death. Death was the promised consequence of disobedience; “for in the day that you eat of it [tree of the knowledge of good and evil], you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17). “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned--” (Romans 5:12).
The death of Jesus became the end of this penalty for everyone who believes that His death was the substitute for their eternal death. Through that one selfless act and sacrifice, Jesus did much more than provide salvation from sin and redemption back to God. He “destroyed the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). He will finally be “thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur…and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).
But that is not all! The death of Jesus provided deliverance for “all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Hebrews 2:15). The affect of sin has put all mankind under slavery to its consequences. Jesus came to set us free forever from that slavery. “Stand firm therefore, and do not submit to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
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