Thursday, December 30, 2010

WHAT CHRIST CAME TO DESTROY

 WHAT CHRIST CAME TO DESTROY
A. Brother

“…He, too, shared in their humanity
so that by His death He might destroy him
who holds the power of death—
that is, the devil—
and free those who all their lives
were held in slavery by their fear of death.”
Heb. 2:14,15

Think on this huge truth.  Pray over this today.  Let the Father show us all about the power of the Son over death, and over the devil.

Everyone in this world is held in slavery by fear of death.  From the time we are born, we quickly become aware that we all die.  Old people die.  Young people die.  People in the prime of life die.  Even children die.  All die, and so all are held in the power of death, which in turn is held by the devil.  It’s the big trump card he plays over all men.  Men try to cheat death in a thousand ways.  In fact, it is a pretty safe statement to say each man spends his entire life trying to avoid death.  It’s our universal pastime. 

How many ways do we try?

Religion does not destroy death.  Belief systems do not destroy death.  Liturgy and curricula and catechisms do not destroy death.  Lifestyle changes do not destroy death.  Eating the right foods and living healthy does not destroy death.  Losing weight does not destroy death.  Medicine does not destroy death.  Plastic surgery does not destroy death.  Money cannot destroy death.  All face death at some point, sooner or later. 

Christ came to destroy the works of the devil.  His greatest ‘work’ is this fear of death.  He holds men in his grasp with it.

Yet, ironically, Christ only destroys this work of the devil in us by our own dying. 

“For you died, and your life is now
hidden with Christ in God.”
Col. 3:3

We now no longer worry and fret about our bodies dying, because we are already dead!  And the resurrection power of Christ becomes our Life, and Christ is now living in us.  We have His power over death, and we never taste that bitter cup which the devil gives to all those who don’t have Christ.  We now live eternally, thanks to our Lord, who gave Himself for us, so that we wouldn’t have to taste death.

So why are we afraid today?

“For you did not receive a spirit that
makes you a slave again to fear,
but you received the Spirit of Sonship.
And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’.
Rom. 8:15

If we have fear, live by fear, are overcome with fear, then we are not experiencing the resurrection power of Christ in our lives.  We are held by the devil’s best weapon.  And we must turn to our Christ, our own Lord, and He will set us free.  If we don’t have to fear death, then what can cause us fear? 

In all things we are conquerors, because the strongest weapon in the devil’s arsenal, death, was destroyed by our Christ.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
…I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons, neither present
nor the future, nor any powers, neither
height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Rom. 8:35,38,39

May the heart-peace of Christ grip us today, and not let go.  May His resurrection power give us the understanding that we are sons and daughters of the Father, and nothing can snatch us out of His hand.  Not even death.



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