Can we really be sure that Jesus overcame death? Yes! because he has risen from the dead!
In the resurrection of Jesus, God told the whole world that he was fully satisfied with the sacrifice made by Christ on our behalf, and that he had taken away the eternal death penalty bearing down on us.
The resurrection shows that death could not keep its grip on Jesus. It displays that God, the righteous Judge, considered that the price of the punishment we deserved was paid. The problem of our sins has been solved. Jesus thwarted Satan’s plans, broke the bonds of death and snatched his prey from hell.
Anyone who has experienced that final farewell at a graveside to someone they truly love, knows how death is a formidable and implacable enemy. Yet in the face of death, the Christian has the assurance that there is a happy life after death. This assurance only comes from the fact that Jesus Christ conquered death by means of his triumphant resurrection.
The blessed resurrection of the one who believes in Jesus is as sure as that of Jesus:
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (The Injil, 1 Corinthians 15: 54-57).
Therefore, since Jesus has conquered death, he can perfectly raise those who believe in Him from spiritual death. In other words, he saves them, he gives them a new heart as a first instalment of eternal life. They are no longer his enemies as before because the problem of their sins has found its solution in Jesus. The punishment they deserved, that is, the wrath of God and eternal death in hell, was taken charge of by Jesus.
Because Jesus overcame death, there will be a day of resurrection. All the dead will be raised and will appear before God to be judged. However, for Christians, this day will be that of rewards, not that they deserve their salvation, but only because they will repent and believe in the work accomplished by Christ on their behalf. That is why Jesus reassures all who believe and place all their trust in Him, receiving Him as Lord and Savior:
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
And you know the way to where I am going.”
It continues with a question:
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (The Injil, John 14: 1-6).
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