was snared by his own deception that he killed the Son of
God and exhalted himself above the Holy Mount of the congregation
of believers where God is enthroned - Isaiah 14:12-14.
Personal Synopsis of How God Triumphed by the Cross -
descent into hell
during the three days between His death on the cross and
His resurrection on the third day.
12:38-40 (KJV) - Then certain of the scribes and of the
Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign
from thee. (39) But he answered and said unto them, An evil
and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there
shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the
prophet Jonas: (40) For as Jonas was three days and three
nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man
be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
natural carnal mind always seeks for a sign that Jesus was
the Messiah, the Son of God. So, Jesus points the Pharisees
to the only sign that will be given them. Jesus will descend
into the abyss of hell for three days and nights and then
be raised again to eternal life through His resurrection.
His descent into hell and ascent into heaven gives us hope
for our Christian lives lived today. Our victory over death
is won through our faith in events occurring during these
three days. How?
Isaiah 53:12 (KJV) - Therefore will I divide him a portion
with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and
he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare
the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
above scripture reveals Jesus willfully poured out His soul
unto death. He did in fact die as every sinner dies. Jesus
was numbered with the transgressors, He was counted as a
transgressor because He bore the sins of mankind and carried
all sin into the pit of hell and left sin there when He
arose. He made a ransom for sinful man by offering His life.
He died so that His followers could live eternally. Christians
will never spend a second in hell because He took their
place and paid their debt to sin. Any man held captive by
sin could be set free. Romans 6:23 (KJV) - For the wages
of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Isaiah 53:9 (KJV) - And he made his grave with
the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because
he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
above scripture speaks of Jesus who made his grave with
the wicked, even though He was without blemish or spot.
Ephesians 4:9-10 (KJV) - (Now that he ascended,
what is it but that he also descended first into the
lower parts of the earth? (10) He that descended is
the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that
he might fill all things.)
above scripture, enclosed in parenthesizes, states that
the translators of the original manuscripts also believe
Jesus descended into the lower parts of the earth. Their
paraphrase of the original manuscripts is indicated by enclosing
their interpretation in parenthesizes.
Revelation 5:4-5 (NIV) - I wept and wept because no one
was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.
(5) Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep!
See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David,
has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll
and its seven seals."
apostle John was given this insight of Jesus' triumph when
he was taken into heaven in his vision for the purpose of
writing the book of Revelation. He uses Old Testament characterization
of Jesus - "The Lion of the tribe of Judah" and
"The Roof of David" because the seals of the scroll
were put in place by the prophet Daniel and Jesus was the
only one worthy to open them. The scroll contains the "Seventy
Weeks" God allocated for the salvation of Israel. Only
through the blood of Jesus, who triumphed over sin, can
the Jews be saved.
Colossians 2:14-15 (NIV) - And having disarmed the
powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of
them, triumphing over them by the cross.
above scripture reveals Jesus' death on the cross disarmed
the powers and authorities and made them into a public spectacle
by His triumph. He overcame the powers and authorities of
darkness. How did this happen?
happen during the three days between Jesus' death and resurrection?
Perception of satan's experience during the death and resurrection
was watching the suffering of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
as he took on the sins of mankind. To satan
Jesus looked like any other sinner who was cloaked in sin.
Satan believed the opportune time had arrived to kill the
Son of God. Remember in Luke 4:13 (NIV) - When the devil
had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune
time. When satan saw Jesus bear the sins of mankind,
he believed it was time. God knew the chief priests and
the Romans would respond to the influence of satanic forces
by arresting Jesus.
But, Jesus had committed no sin. He had experienced no sin.
He was the Sacrificial Lamb of God without spot or blemish.
Jesus bore the sins of mankind, but there was no death in
him. His appearance as He bore all the sins of mankind was
due to a voluntary submission to the forces of darkness.
But, it appeared to satan and the kingdom of darkness
that Jesus had become a sinner like all other men who ever
lived. The spirits of darkness believed sin had overcome
the man Jesus and death would reign in HIs heart.
and his followers bought into what appeared to be their
victory in killing the Son of God. But, Jesus did not
die in the same way as man views the act of death. Jesus
gave up His Spirit voluntarily (Luke 23:46). So his
death was extraordinary. It looked like an ordinary death
to the forces of darkness, but was in fact an extraordinary
step in the process of redeeming mankind from the bondage
of death by paying the debt for man's sin. Jesus voluntarily
sacrificed His body for the shedding of blood and trusted
God, as He gave up His Spirit unto death. Christ became
obedient unto death. After giving up his Spirit and trusting
the outcome into the hands of God, on the third day, Christ
was resurrected from the dead in front of all the powers
of darkness. In a moment of time, the powers of darkness
had to deal with one indisputable fact - they truly did
not have the power to kill the Son of God.
forces of darkness, having believed they killed the Son
of God, must have celebrated for those three days. Satan
must have believed he had actually killed the Son of God
and exalted himself above the throne of God in power. Then
in a moment, a total reversal. What he believed to be true
became a total deception. He failed to kill the Son of God.
In a instant moment of time, he must accept the fact that
he deceived himself. The ultimate self put-down!
Instantly, Satan knows he has
no power to overthrow the things of God. He knows experientially,
he can never have power over the Son of God. Additionally,
he knows he has no power over those who put their faith
in Christ. Thus, he gave up authority and dominion he
had over man since the fall of Adam.
Christ was resurrected He gave authority and dominion to
the disciples (church).
Mark 13:34 (KJV) - For the Son of man is as a man
taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave
authority to his servants, and to every man his work,
and commanded the porter to watch.
1:18 (NIV) - I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold
I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys
of death and Hades.
Matthew 16:18-20 (NIV) - And I tell you that you are Peter,
and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of
Hades will not overcome it. (19) I will give you the
keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on
earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on
earth will be loosed in heaven."
authority was first given to Adam. When Adam bowed to satan's
temptation to disobey God, Adam gave his authority in the
world to satan. But, Christ's death and resurrection returned
this authority to God's people (His children and servants)
so they could represent Him in the earth. Then He returned
to heaven. This authority is the triumph of the cross for
each Christian who believes and for those who are servants
of Christ in the ministry of His grace and love to others.
Christ left the realm of darkness, in full glory He preached
to those in darkness -1 Peter 3:18-20 (NIV) - For Christ
died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous,
to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body
but made alive by the Spirit, (19) Through whom also
he went and preached to the spirits in prison (20)
who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the
days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a
few people, eight in all, were saved through water.
While Jesus was preaching, satan and all his followers were
watching. Jesus' preaching in the prison of hell provided
the powers of darkness with a witness and confirmation of
and preeminence of Jesus over darkness.
When you repented and ask God to forgive you of your sins,
He did! Jesus carried your sins into hell and left them
there. God will not remember your sins and lawless acts
- Hebrews 10:17 (NIV) - "This is the covenant I
will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will
put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their
minds." (17) Then he adds: "Their sins and
lawless acts I will remember no more."
1:21-23 (NIV) - Once you were alienated from God and were
enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. (22)
But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body
through death to present you holy in his sight, without
blemish and free from accusation - (23) if you continue
in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the
hope held out in the gospel.
You will become a new spirit born creation of God -
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) - Therefore, if anyone is in
Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone,
the new has come!
You will be adopted as a child of God - Ephesians
1:5 (KJV) - Having predestinated us unto the adoption
of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to
the good pleasure of his will.
As a child of God, you are His heir of the covenant promise
made to Abraham - Galatians 3:26-29 (NIV) - You are
all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, (27) for
all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves
with Christ. (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave
nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ
Jesus. (29) If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's
seed, and heirs according to the promise.
4:4-7 (NIV) - But when the time had fully come, God sent
his Son, born of a woman, born under law, (5) to redeem
those under law, that we might receive the full rights
of sons. (6) Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit
of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba,
Father." (7) So you are no longer a slave, but a
son; and since you are a son, God has made you also
The promises of God are always yes in Christ -
2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (NIV) - For no matter how many
promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ.
And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us
to the glory of God. (21) Now it is God who makes both us
and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, (22)
set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in
our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
As a child of God you have been given fullness (lacking
no good thing) - Colossians 2:9-11 (NIV) - For in Christ
all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
(10) and you have been given fullness in Christ, who
is the head over every power and authority. The
fulness of God (all that God is) has been given to His children.
death and resurrection is a great sign for those who desire
to know God and Christ. Understanding the work of God through
Jesus' death and resurrection provides great insight for
our new lives as children of God and gives us an unsakeable
hope for our place in heaven. Although this lesson is by
no means an exhaustive study, I hope it encourages you to
learn more about who you are as a child of God.
are no longer a human being trying to have spiritual experiences.
You are a spiritual child of God having human experiences.
God will see you through each human experience.