As Jesus lay silent in the grave, Satan and his hordes gloated. They thought they had won an irreversible victory, but all along, God's foreordained plan was being put into operation—a plan for resurrection life!
The Lord sent His Holy Ghost down into the very bowels of death and there the Spirit quickened Jesus’ body, raising Him from the dead. Out of the grave stepped our blessed Savior, right through the thick stone, and He emerged with this testimony:
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Revelation 1:18). Christ is saying here, “I am the one who has eternal life! I was dead, but I'm alive, now and forever. I hold the very keys to life and death in My hands!”
The moment Jesus walked out of death's prison, He became the resurrection and the life. He did this not only for Himself, but for all who would believe on Him from that day on. He has brought forth to us a resurrection life totally beyond death's power! Thus, there is no longer any reason for a Christian to fear death or to see it as an enemy. Our Lord has conquered it completely: “Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death” (Acts 2:24).
If you have received Jesus as your Savior and Lord, then He resides in you as a mighty power of resurrection life. The same resurrection power that brought Him up out of the grave will sustain you as well. “Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you?” (2 Corinthians 13:5). You have within your being all that is in Christ, a powerful life force that Satan cannot destroy!
“I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:14-16).