DEATH AND HAPPINESS
Most people desire happiness with high hopes that all will go well with them. A young couple having been just married, saw their future as happiness being together at last. The bride suddenly dies and their happiness dissolves. Another couple marry and have a child, and a year later the child’s beauty fades and death takes her away. Filled with enthusiasm, having received his doctorate a young man, according to his plans now opens a business which turns out to be an immediate success. He greatly rejoices in this good fortune, but disaster strikes in the form a fast moving cancer. Death hovers over all mankind, causing fear that it will strike at anytime. So they rid themselves of this great reality by simply dismissing it from their mind. The fact remains that out of fear of death men have continue to go through terrible ordeals
THE GREAT DOCTRINE OF ORTHODOXY
Christ is risen from the dead!
“Away with Him! Crucify Him!” The Godman came into the world with the express purpose of freeing man from the death and the cause of death! This is the most important event to be witnessed by mankind, how the death of Christ put death to death and granted the entire human race, the victory and the great mercy. Few deny the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, or that He died and was buried. He was placed in a new tomb and on the third day, the world would never be the same again, for those who saw Him, knew for certain that death did not hold Him, “for behold I was dead and am alive!” The myrrhbearers were beside themselves with delight, not yet realizing the meaning of His Resurrection. “Christ is risen from the dead trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life.”
WHAT TOOK PLACE?
Jesus Christ is the only sinless one, the only Godman, the only preeminent One, the only Head of the Body which is the Church. Being sinless, under the law, He could not be put to death, for only sinful men could be legally killed. Jesus Christ battle was not against the wicked Scribes and Pharisees, but against their master, the evil one, who is the dragon and serpent, Devil and Satan. He had been holding the human race as prisoners through the authority of death, for man had chosen him in place of God. Man being subject to death lived in constant fear of death, inflicting death upon others to save his own miserable life.
How did Jesus enter into battle and what were His weapons? He humbled himself even to death on the Cross. He put death to death by submitting to it. The Cross was a trap that would strip him of his authority and power, That trap was sprung, when he put an innocent man to death. The Devil thought that he was putting a sinful man to death, not knowing that this man was also God. By unjustly putting Jesus Christ to death, the Devil was stripped of his authority . Christ has conquered death! This is the most important event in the history of mankind, for here is the only solution to human happiness – Jesus Christ!
JESUS WILL NEVER DIE AGAIN
“For we know that Christ being raised from the dead, will never die again. Death no longer has dominion over Him. The death He died He died to sin, once, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6:10-11). Our temporary present life of a hundred more or less years can be exchanged for a life that never ends, a life that the world cannot offer, a life that in Christ is perpetual happiness, with no threat of death, sickness or accident. Death has been changed by the Resurrector Jesus Christ for instead of being a prisoner of death, we triumphantly shall follow Him through the door of death to eternal life in His Kingdom. This is the only true happiness, and for those who serve Christ there is no death but life everlasting.