Calvary – Triumph for All Eternity
Jesus Christ, the Eternal King, lives forever. His resurrection from the grave forever beats the clutch of death. Humanity left to self, or outside of having a personal relationship with God, will die physically and remain dead spiritually. However, an opportunity for possessing a new spiritual life that lasts forever is possible in personally knowing God. There is no such thing as death with God for knowing Him is all about living forever.
The fragility of human life is never a secret and is revealed by God in His portrait of nature and recorded in His Word for our learning. The truth remains that every person is born spiritually dead in sin. Understanding this means a man, left to himself, or existing without a personal relationship with God, will physically die, or parish, in his naturally eroding tent of flesh.
David understood the frailty of human life even in Old Testament time, without having the completed Word of God, and was inspired to write:
Psalm 102:11-12 (KJB) My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass. 12 But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
In ancient times, after sin was present on this earth, there was no possible way for regenerated mankind to be found forever in their eternal state of rest in eternity though humbled ancient people were saved through faith, as was Abraham, there was no eternal pathway for any saved souls to enter into a final resting place in heaven.
Yes, many men and women, some mentioned in the “Faith Hall of Fame” located in Hebrews chapter eleven, were saved in Old Testament times just as every softened soul is today through placing faith in God. However, none could reach the heavenly realm immediately upon physical death because Jesus Christ had not made this pathway available through His finished work on the cross at Calvary.
Therefore, these ancient spiritual bodies remained buried in their grave until the time Jesus Christ died on Calvary and rose from the grave. As these tremendous spiritual events culminated, God released these spiritual bodies to rise from their graves and be seen alive on this earth. These saved souls were soon escorted to the heavenly realm by Jesus Christ upon His return claiming His seat at the right hand of His Father God.
Matthew 27:52-53 (KJB) And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Yes, the Bible clearly says that these saints spiritually arose from the grave the very moment Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross at Calvary. He was put to death for the sin, past, present, and future of this world spiritually calling awake all the Old Testament saints for going to their new eternal home. Their grave was merely a temporary resting place for their spirit, but the eternal realm was to be their forever spiritual home.
Today, when every person dies, his physical body is buried in the grave forever and goes back to dust, but his spiritual nature goes immediately to its eternal home, either in heaven with God or in an eternal hell without fellowship with Him.
Yes, indeed, every spiritual body goes to eternity.
Jesus Christ is your Eternal King through faith, thereby ushering you into the heavenly realm upon your physical death just as all His eternal saints were escorted to eternity.
John 3:16 (KJB) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Praise God we serve a living and eternal King who has victory over the power of sin and death.
We serve an alive and risen Savior. Praise God His tomb was empty on the third day. It was empty because Jesus Christ is alive then and always, instead of dead and buried in his grave. His grave clothes, which were of this world, were left in the grave, but He was alive!
Through the centuries, there have been many “want to be gods” whose body has returned to dust inside their earthen grave. They are physically “dead as a doornail,” but their spirit is found in the eternal realm as either alive in Christ forever, or dead their sin.
Some memorable persons worshipped and thought to be like gods while they were physically alive in this world include such infamous people as King Tut, Apollos, Hermes, Zeus, Allah, Thor. Other familiar or “modern gods” dead and in their grave, including Ellen White, Dali Lama, the popes, and various modern-day cult leaders. However, these lost souls are nothing more than dead bodies inside graves in this world, while God and His spiritual family are alive forever in this world and the eternal realm!
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (KJB) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures
Jesus Christ arose, not because every man is somebody special in God’s book, but because we serve a risen Savior. It is because of who God is and His unique supernatural nature that Jesus Christ arose from the grave, defeating death forever.
It is because of His unmerited love and great mercy and grace for humanity.
It is because Jesus Christ was following the will of His Father God and chose to be obedient, even unto death.
The Lord will always and forever be alive! The Bible is filled with many verses substantiating this, including:
Revelation 1:8 (KJB) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Revelation 22:13 (KJB) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Praise God; we can forever be alive because God sent His Only Son to die for every man, including you and me. We too can share in eternal life through placing faith in His finished work on the cross at Calvary. Our spirit will rise from the grave spending eternity either with Him in heaven or forever be lamenting in hell without having the spiritual presence of God.
Our permanent, eternal home is sure, but our address, whether it be heaven or hell, hinges upon the state of our heart towards the holiness and righteousness of God.
Please read our other recently published devotions in this Unwrapping The Gift Of Calvary Series including:
Coming soon! Another release titled Calvary- The Healing Power