Death Conquered – April 16, 2017

Wayne NuernbergWELS

Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: … “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation… Your right hand, O Lord, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy… Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”
Exodus 15:1a,2a,6,11b

Death Conquered


Daily Devotion – April 16, 2017

Devotion based on Exodus 15:1a,2a,6,11b


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They were as good as dead. The Red Sea was in front of them. The well-trained, well-equipped Egyptian army was behind them. There was nowhere to go; no way to escape. The Israelites were as good as dead, so it seemed.

It seemed the same to the women who went to the tomb Easter Sunday morning. The disciples of Jesus felt the same way. They all knew what happened. He was arrested and bound by the authorities. He was beaten and flogged within an inch of his life. Nails were driven into his hands and feet, and then he was raised on a vertical beam of torture called a cross. There was no escape. There was no mistake. He died.

But the stories didn’t end where they seemed to lead. The Lord opened up a path through the Red Sea. With walls of water standing miraculously on each side of them, the Israelites crossed through on dry land. Defeat and death didn’t touch a single one of them. But when the Egyptian forces tried to follow, their death and destruction was complete. Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation… Your right hand, O Lord, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy… Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”

When the women went early to the tomb that first Easter, angels were there, but not Jesus. Could he really have defeated death? Could it be true? Two disciples ran to the grave to check it out. It was true. Jesus wasn’t there. Could he really have risen and shattered the power of death? That first Easter, they all discovered it was true. The enemy death was conquered. Jesus was alive. He had risen. Did Jesus’ followers sing, “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation… Your right hand, O Lord, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy… Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”

Are there times when we feel dead? Worn out from work and daily struggle? Plagued by a terrible sin or just a past life of sin? Suffering from the increasing aches and pains of old age or the sudden battle of a dreadful disease? Then sing, believer! Yes, sing! The story won’t end where it seems to lead. Christ has changed the ending! His Easter resurrection is proof that our troubles are only temporary. His resurrection is proof that our sins have been forgiven, all of them, no matter how many or how awful they are. Jesus’ resurrection is proof that death has been defeated. Earthly death has been turned into an awesome blessing. It’s the entrance into a paradise of an eternal life of love and joy with Jesus. So sing, believer; sing!

Prayer:
“The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation… Your right hand, O Lord, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy… Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?”

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