And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Col -15).
Similarly, the writer to the Hebrews points to the death of Jesus as the event at which Satan was conquered: “He [Christ] too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Heb. It was by Christ’s that Satan and his power were undone.
With full crescendo I join with the church in singing “Jesus Lives! The joyous proclamation of this truth at Easter is not my concern. What is troubling to me is the communication that Christ’s conquest over sin and Satan was not achieved at the cross.
I note this because I continue to preach regularly and in fact did so on Good Friday and Easter.
The lyrics of this hymn state: The foe in triumph shouted when Christ lay in the tomb; But lo, he now is routed, his boast is turned to gloom. Walther, “He’s Risen, He’s Risen” ( 480): The foe was triumphant when on Calvary the Lord of creation was nailed to the tree.
For Christ again is free; in glorious victory He who is strong to save has triumphed o’er the grave. In Satan’s domain did the hosts shout and jeer, for Jesus was slain whom the evil ones fear.In light of this and other biblical evidence, John R. Stott affirmed the death of Jesus Christ, as well as his resurrection, as the locus of triumph over sin, evil, and death.He wrote: We are not to regard the cross as defeat and the resurrection as victory.The implication of these lyrics is that the routing of Satan didn’t occur until Jesus rose from the dead. But short was their triumph: the Savior arose, and death, hell, and Satan He vanquished, His foes.The conquering Lord lifts His banner on high; He lives, yes, He lives, and will nevermore die.In other words, it is communicated, sometimes explicitly but usually implicitly, that the death of Jesus was not the event of conquest over these enemies.Now please know that I believe it is completely appropriate for Christ’s conquest to be proclaimed at the Feast of the Resurrection.The evil principalities and powers, which had been deprived of their weapons and their dignity at the cross, were now in consequence put under his feet and made subject to him. This is why Christ’s death and resurrection are, to use a colloquialism, a “package deal.” The Apostle Paul emphasizes that the Gospel of God’s triumph over sin and our deliverance from sin is delivered in the messages of Jesus’ death (1 Cor. To summarize, I encourage us as witnesses of the Gospel to declare with confidence the victory that is in the death of Christ as well as that which is in his resurrection.( motif certainly is manifested in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Gustaf Aulen’s book by that title appropriately emphasizes that both the cross and the empty tomb are places of victory where sin and Satan, devils and death were vanquished. We need not, we should not, neglect the announcement that Jesus triumphed over his foes—and ours—at the cross as well as at the empty tomb.Augustine, matter for much thought and many writings.In the sixteenth century the Protestant religious leaders did not, indeed, deny the doctrine of original sin ─ many of them, in fact, exaggerated it; but while they kept the sound form of words, they understood them in a new way, and the nature of their doctrinal content was altered and degraded.