From the desk of Taylor Pickup
According to Genesis 1, man was created to rule over the world. But tragically, man sinned and brought on the consequence of death. Since death overpowers man, death replaced man as ruler of the world (Rom 5:17).
For much of human existence, death ruled the world. And it wasn’t a secret. A man could always look around and see death taking away someone. That very man himself would eventually be taken away by death.
As we look around today, it may appear that death still reigns over us. After all, people still pass away all the time. Sometimes it’s our own loved ones that pass away. Upon seeing this, we may be tempted to conclude that nothing has changed since Adam sinned. Death reigned over Adam and death still reigns over us today, right?
But we know this isn’t true. It may look true in certain circumstances. It may feel true during the times we’re staring death in the face. But one thing indicates that it just isn’t true, and that death cannot still be reigning over man: Jesus rose from the dead. This moment, this event in history, is when Jesus conquered death. Consequently, Jesus now rules and death is subservient.
So, where does our hope lie? In Jesus. Where does our comfort come from during times of mourning? From Jesus. Why are we confident that death does not truly have power over us? Because of Jesus. We who are in Christ are united with the one who killed the power of death itself.
“For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at His coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” (1 Cor. 15:21-26)