We are starting a new series today that will lead into the Easter season entitled: “Resurrection: Power Over Death.” The thought of death is chilling, for some it is a preoccupation. Many fear death. They view death as an unwelcome visitor who knocks on our door unexpectedly. In the last couple of years there has been a preoccupation with death; covid 19 tracker with its death tolls - country-by-country and province by province. Now we have the Ukraine/Russia conflict with its death toll.
We know that death is not a new concept; it's been around for 6000 years. The reality is that 65 million people die in our world every year from various causes; 178,000 each day, 7,425 every hour, 120 a minute, two per second. Many die of natural causes, some die of illnesses like cancer, many die in accidents, homicides, suicides, mass murders and war. The Bible calls death a divine appointment. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment…
But where did Death come from; how did it originate? Let's take a look at the Scripture:
Romans 5: 12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
I will be looking at the (3) aspects of death: that Death entered the world through sin, that Death spread to all men, and that Death reigns on this Earth. Death entered the world through disobedience of one man - Adam; Death spread like a contagion because of the sinfulness of mankind; and Death has been reigning over our world. But thankfully, because of “one righteous act “of Christ; His death on the cross and His resurrection, Death has lost its “sting” … and one day death will be irradiated forever.
Romans 5:18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.
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