The Shroud of Death

As our Easter celebration continues over these 50 days, I thought I’d rerun this post from a couple of years ago:

Isaiah predicted that humanity would be set free from death and Jesus fulfilled that prophecy.

In Isaiah 25:6-8, the prophet said:

On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine- the best of meats and the finest of wines.

On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;

he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears
from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth.
The LORD has spoken.

“On this mountain” is a reference to Mt. Zion, the hilltop on which Jerusalem sits and it was there that Jesus, the incarnate Son, won his victory over death and set humanity free through his cross and his resurrection (Col. 2:15, Heb. 2:14-15).

By his death, resurrection, and ascension the incarnate Son fulfilled the prophecy given to Isaiah: he destroyed the shroud of death that covers all peoples and nations, thus setting all people and all nations free from death.

As Paul says in Romans 5:18, “the result of Christ’s one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all humanity.”

The gospel is the good news that, in Christ, humanity has a new beginning and that we will live forever in his resurrection!

~ Jonathan Stepp

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