Lesson for the Lord’s Day

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same, that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. Hebrews 2:14

Remember the warning that God gave to Adam in the garden, what would happen if he were to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? By partaking of that fruit, Adam handed the keys of death to the devil. For four thousand years, the devil held those keys, and reveled in robbing God of glory as he caused many to perish in their sins. Then came Calvary. One Who was not subject to the devil’s power, One who had no cause to bow before the King of Terrors willingly submitted Himself to death. In doing so, He tore the keys of death from the devil’s grasp and gave you and me the hope of eternal life.

What tremendous power the devil held! From the perfect environment of Eden, the devil’s power dragged mankind into sorrow and heartache, suffering and pain, discouragement and depression, hopelessness and helplessness, bitterness and hatred, envy and strife. Adam lost an incredible amount when he handed those keys to the devil. And the devil used the power of those keys to the full. But the irresistible force of his vengeance against God and His prime creation came up against the immovable object of the love of God! That love led the Lord Jesus to depart Heaven’s glories for earth’s griefs and sorrows. That love directed Him through a perfect life through a shameful rejection and painful crucifixion to an agonizing death on the cross. Our text tells us that though death, He destroyed him that had the power of death.

You and I still feel the ravages of time on our physical frames. We are still subject to weariness, pain, disease, and decay. That great victory that Jesus achieved through His death has not reached our bodies… not yet. But it was in a body like ours that Jesus died on the cross. And it will be in a body like His that we will dwell with Him in glory forever. Our eternal life was secured in His death, and we can truly sing of Victory in Jesus.

Our enemy has been defeated by the very power that he held over us, a Saviour’s death that has forever defeated death for us. -Jim MacIntosh

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