He is Jesus, who is crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might experience death for everyone. – Hebrews 2:9
Death was nowhere in God’s plan when He created Adam and Eve. Death cannot exist where Life is. Darkness cannot exist where Light is. Where there is no light darkness occupies. Death took over mankind when Adam disobeyed and disconnected himself from God; the source of Life. Ever since, death has ruled us. Death exist only in this fallen realm which was created as a result of Adam’s sin when He broke ways from God. It has no access to the realm of God, which is the realm of Life. Just like darkness cannot gain access into light, death cannot gain access into Life.
The only way God could redeem man from this realm of death was for Him to experience death himself. He had to enter this realm of death and darkness into which His children have fallen. When God decided to send His only begotten Son in the form of flesh, He decided to experience death. God knew, the only way His children could be brought back into Eternal Life is by Himself submitting to death. We enter into Life by God going through death on our behalf. He gladly did it for us (Hebrews 12:2).
The same pattern gets repeated in our everyday life. At times, He takes us through situations where we might have to go through death-like experience, so that we or others might experience Life. We enter Life through the door way of death. It could be the death of our flesh, our carnal nature, our worldly wisdom which contradicts the wisdom of God, whatever it is, if we endure, we just break through into Life. The breaking through process might be painful, but it’s worth it. God Himself had to go through it for His children.
There is always the pain of resistance when you attempt to break through from one realm to another. A pregnant mother experiences the maximum pain when she is breaking through to birth a new Life. There is tremendous sound and turbulence when a jet breaks the sound barrier, but beyond that, it cruises peacefully. There will always be resistance when you attempt to cross the barrier from death to Life. Death of self leads to the Life of Christ in us. (Galatians 2:20)
It is a daily battle to overcome the resistance we have, against renewing our mind to the ideas and concepts of God and letting go of our way of thinking. Dying to self, breaks into His Life. Ultimately when we cross over the final resistance of Death itself, we are just breaking through into Life Eternal. Jesus has already destroyed the power of death. Death has lost its gravity. There is nothing dreadful about death, Jesus destroyed it on the cross and triumphed over it on the day of resurrection. The dread of death is no more real. The enemy can only use fear to control us as long as we are ignorant that death is powerless. It is just a door-way to Life Eternal in Christ. The one who has already triumphed over death is waiting on the other side with the gift of Life.
So, when we face death, whether it is the daily dying to self that Jesus referred to (Matthew 16:24) or the final death of our flesh, we can laugh at it and say, “Death you are already destroyed, I am just passing through into Life”.
• Hebrews 2:9
• Hebrews 12:2
• Galatians 2:20
• Matthew 16:24)