O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (1 Corinthians 15:55 KJV).
Beloved, A VERY HAPPY EASTER TO YOU.
We serve a living God who cannot be found in the grave. His enemies crucified Him and thought it was all over. They thought they could get rid of Him; that that was the end… but God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was IMPOSSIBLE for death to keep its hold on Him (Acts 2:24 NIV).
Beloved, if God knew He was going to raise Jesus from the dead, why did He allow them to crucify Him in the first place? Why does God give the enemy any chance to carry out his evil plan? Simple! It is because God is using him to accomplish His own plan. All those that crucified Jesus did not realise that they were a big part of God’s ultimate plan to save mankind.
God allowed the enemy to think he was in charge for a while. They tortured Jesus and gave Him the death sentence hoping that it would silence Him once and for all but… none of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2:8 NIV).
I can only imagine the look on their faces when they realised that they had been played. There’s nothing worse than knowing your carefully thought out plan backfired. A typical… ‘you intended to harm me, BUT God intended it all for good’ (Genesis 50:20) moment. Isn’t it very humiliating to know that you were the one that got played in your own game? Jesus… having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:15 NIV).
More than 2000 years ago, the enemy thought he was smart by trying to kill Jesus but he didn’t realise that it wasn’t actually death but the birth of many. Jesus said… Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds (John 12:24 NIV).
As Christians around the world celebrate the risen Lord today, let this be an encouragement to you. The enemy would be taken unawares when it comes to a sudden change in your situation… as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:8-9 NIV).