But God raised him up, having released him from the pains of death, because it was not possible for him to be held in its power. (Acts 2:24)
As Peter goes on to say in his Pentecost Day sermon, the agony and humiliation of the cross was not the end. God’s plan went beyond death to resurrection. Death wanted to sink its claws into Jesus, to hold him tight, as it holds tight every human being who dies. But God broke Jesus free from the agony of Death. You see, Death could not hold him. Jesus, being God, is beyond the jurisdiction of Death. Remember this, you hopeless determinists: entropy will not have the final word. It may seem to us, as we observe our world, that the process of decomposition and decay, the cooling of the stars, the burning out of everything is inevitable. Why any would choose to embrace such a black outlook is beyond me. Jesus is good news because in him God shows us what he has planned. God took on flesh and in the flesh took on all the power of Sin and Death. He dragged them with him to the grave, and he rose victorious over all. Because of the resurrection of Jesus to immortality, we can now see what it is that God plans to do with those who place their faith in him, with those who enter into the Kingdom of God. And Death’s days are numbered. His role to play in God’s grand scheme of things is coming to a close. And Entropy will not be the last left standing, the final actor to turn out the lights after all else have gone. The Risen Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ, the Messiah of God, will have the final word. And the day is soon coming in which Death, the final enemy, will be defeated. And life and light and truth and grace will have the final word.
This Sunday, April 15, 2012, we will return to our ongoing worship series, Acts: First Church. I will be preaching from Acts 2:22-24 . Worship begins at 10:45 am and we will be celebrating communion together. Come and join us, 3201 W 15th St. Plano, TX 75075. Video and audio of the sermon is posted during the week at our website: www.pcbcplano.org
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