In his great Day-of-Pentecost sermon, Peter said of Jesus: “God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” (Acts 2:24)
What an amazing statement. It was not possible for Jesus to be held by death.
In the book of Revelation, Jesus declared: “I am the One who lives; I was dead, but look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys to death and to the place of the dead.” (Revelation 1:18-19, NCV)
He was dead, but now He’s alive forever and ever! And the keys of death and hell are in His hands. That should give us hope!
Seven-hundred years before Christ’s visible earthly ministry, Isaiah prophesied, “He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces…” (Isaiah 25:8)
That’s what He did: swallowed up death forever.
Happy Resurrection Day this Sunday!