1 Corinthians 15:57
At Easter, we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is equally the celebration of the defeat of sin and death and these happen to be man’s greatest enemy all over the world. The resurrection of Jesus is the central truth of our Christianity and without it, there’s no Christianity. Resurrection gives us boldness and the greatest cause for celebration and without the resurrection, our faith will be empty and useless. The event of the cross is one thing that the devil will eternally regret because, through it, millions of souls have been saved.
Christ is no longer on the cross and neither is He in the grave; He is raised up and seated at the right hand of God in heaven. The tomb is empty. Now, what is the message of Easter? It means Jesus took your place; there was an exchange, a substitution took place. When Christ died, you died as well and when He was raised from the dead, you were equally raised. He went to the cross to take your place and everything that came with it on your behalf. 2 Corinthians 5:21 states “for He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Jesus didn’t commit any crime but He had to become the sinner on our behalf to take away sin. When Jesus died on the cross, the price was paid for our sins and the consequences of sin were equally paid for. It was then legally justifiable to credit all He had done in our favour and He gave us victory. That’s why the Bible records; thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ gave us victory over satan. We have victory over the devil, his kingdom and his rule. We need to understand that we have rightful authority over the devil. The devil is useless and has no authority or power over you in Christ. You can’t afford to be frightened by the devil. It is ridiculous to find Christians afraid of even witches and wizards who aren’t even in the grand scheme of things because their boss the devil was fired from heaven and we have been given authority to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all powers of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt us. The devil has no right to torment and terrorize your life. The authority of Jesus has given you control over the devil. Your understanding of what Jesus did on the cross gives you victory.
Secondly, we have victory over sin. Jesus paid for our sins. Don’t allow the devil to take you on a guilt trip reminding you of the sins you have committed, rather appropriate the price Jesus paid by letting the devil know that the price had been paid. Return to God if you have committed any sin and receive forgiveness through shed blood of Christ. And due to the price Christ paid, you need to be fearless before man, the devil and demonic entities. Sin cannot have dominion over you.
Thirdly, you have victory over death because of Christ’s resurrection. The grave couldn’t hold Christ captive; Isaiah 25:8 says He will swallow up death forever. Death for a believer is a transition to glory and not something to be intimidated about. Due to the resurrection, you should refuse to tag yourself as a common man. We are joint heirs with Christ. Galatians 3:13-14 states; Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”, that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
We need to stop defining ourselves by our lineage, status or educational qualification but rather start defining ourselves on the basis of the cross. Assess yourself on the basis of the cross. What we have in Christ is ancestral and generational blessings and this is for us to claim. Let’s lay claim to all God has apportioned to us through Christ. In Christ we have victory.