This is a contradiction in terms but the truth is that death resulted in life. Jesus died and this resulted in resurrection life. A seed must fall on the ground and die before it can give life. But a seed that refuses to die will not give life. Jesus said that I must die to myself, take up my cross and follow Him. There is no way to live without death. Jesus knew that our major battle is with our flesh. The only answer to victory over the flesh is death. However, this is not a one-time event. Death to the flesh is a daily walk of crucifixion to the flesh. Death to the flesh is the only way to life in the Spirit. God knew that it was impossible for man to die to His flesh. Therefore He sent Jesus to die for us. His death now makes it easy for us to die to the flesh because He rose again. It is His life that enables us to overcome the flesh. The Cross alone was not sufficient to overcome evil. It is His resurrection from the dead that made it possible for Him to enable us to live. He gave His life that we may live.
From Death To Life: Final Words
This is the good news of the Gospel. To many, it was bad news because they saw Him die. But three days later He overcame death by rising from the grave. Now our hope is not in the Cross but in the resurrection. If Jesus had not risen then our faith is as good as dead. His resurrection is what makes His death meaningful and real. Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him. Only death to self is the key to resurrection life. I identify with His death and resurrection by faith. Hallelujah, what a salvation!
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