Death will not get the last word.
It spoke what it had, every last syllable of its harshest lie, and couldn’t keep Him behind the rock.
Him. The Christ. The God-man come for sinners.
In a world with dead bodies, there is no hope unless there is resurrection. God made a world of trees and turtles, of starlight and fireflies and men, and sin unleashed death upon all of it, upon everything that breathes. It all groans under the weight of the spoil of our sin.
But God took death into Himself, Jesus our Redeemer, and rose again with the skin and bones and heart of a man who cannot be killed. The lie was undone.
Every carcass since Abel’s was a horrifying, stinking reminder of what sin did and does to us (“It’ll smell,” Lazarus’ sister said), but the risen body of Jesus is a reminder of what God did and is doing for us.
We will be raised. All who have believed in Jesus will be raised to an unbreakably eternal life. An eternal embodied life. One in a new creation free of sin and death and decay. All will be well. And death’s shadow will be swallowed by the fire of God’s anger, His good wrath towards all the murders sin once wrought.
Death does not get the last word. That’s reserved for the King. It is His to speak. He created by His Word, He will recreate by His Word, and, unlike the serpent, everything He speaks is true. And, of course, final.
And so Easter is a reminder that He gets the last word.
And it’s one that will never end.
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned… For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
Romans 5:12, 6:5
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep… But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
1 Corinthians 15:12-20, 23-26