Let’s run a little thought experiment… Imagine that this morning Osama Bin Laden appeared alive for the world to see. Now this experiment would be even more powerful if we had firsts seen his bullet-ridden body, but let’s assume that there’s no question that he is, in fact, dead. His appearance today would not only be a devastating blow to the United States of America’s power and prestige, it would also be an unimaginable boost to the morale of Bin Laden’s followers. The world would never be the same. The enemies of Islam would be crushed!
2000 years ago the Roman Empire faced a similar scenario when they crucified Jesus and put His body on public display. Three days later they were humiliated by His resurrection from the dead. He publicly declared that they were powerless over Him and it marked the beginning of their end. The followers of Jesus, who on the previous Friday were demoralized and defeated, were emboldened and energized by early the next week with an empty tomb and a resurrected Christ who appeared before more than 500 witnesses. The world has never been the same. The enemies of Christ have been crushed.
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 ‘O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?’
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
―1 Corinthians 15: 54-56
“The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”