Life Kills Death

Lord of Life. That is an interesting title, isn’t it? Who else, besides Jesus, has been called Lord of Life?

There a numerous ways we can biblically think about this title, but I would like to focus on two. The first way we can think about this is that Jesus is the sum of all creation, the goal, the manifestation, the One who holds it all together, the One for whom it was all made, the One by whom it was all made, and it is entirely and utterly His. Paul puts it this way,

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” Colossians 1:15-18.

Reading what Paul wrote, he covers pretty much everything. Whatever you can think of, it was made by, through, and for Jesus so that He may be glorified. In this same manner of thinking, Jesus is the Word by which all of life is spoken into existence (John 1:1-5) which is also an apologetic for the Trinity (Genesis 1:3, 26). You and I live because Jesus allows us to. Your heart pumps blood every second because He wills it to. The sun burns lighting and heating this planet because it is His good pleasure. The letter to the Hebrews is also instructive in this regard when it is revealed that Jesus upholds the fabric of creation by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). This is one way to think of the Lord of Life.

Another way is to think that the Lord of Life was killed. The Sovereign Lord of All was murdered. And this is Good News, because through His death, sins are forgiven. The Lord of Life gave up His life to be a sacrifice to the Father for the sins of His people (Matthew 1:21). The Good News does not stop there, of course. God gives grace upon grace. Buttered bread is delicious, but God says, “Pour some honey on it.” Not only are the sins of His people forgiven through the death of the Lord of Life, His people are also given new life because this very same Lord was resurrected from the dead. Corruption could not hold Him.

There are familiar I Am sayings from Jesus in the Gospel According to John (put them on a sticky note in the front cover of your Bible, they are useful for evangelism). There are seven of them, and yes it is important that there are seven. Jesus says that He is the Bread of Life (John 6:35); the Light of the world (John 8:12); the Gate of the sheepfold (John 10:9); The Good Shepherd (John 10:11); The Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25); The Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:26); and the True Vine (John 15:1).

In six of the seven I Am sayings the word “life” is directly connected to who Jesus is. Jesus is Life. He is not only the One who holds life together, He is Life. This is how the Lord of Life killed death. We often think that death ends life, but in God’s machinations, which are utterly true despite what the naysaying atheists presuppose, death does not end life, but Life ends death.

54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Corinthians 15:54-57.

Amen and Amen. 

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2 comments

  1. The Nicene Creed calls the Holy Spirit the “Lord and Giver of Life.” Ecc 12:7 teaches that life is sustained by the Spirit. How does that relate to the Word being life? Is there any connection with this and the birth of Jesus Christ as He is conceived by the Holy Spirit?

    1. Thanks for making this post Trinitarian. I knew I was missing something. The Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life, as you said, and we also know that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, they send Him. The Holy Spirit does the bidding of the Father and the Son (John 14:26; 15:26). And we also know that the Holy Spirit is Christ’s Spirit (Romans 8:9). I do not see a necessary contradiction between the Holy Spirit as Giver of Life and Jesus as the Lord of Life. The Trinity holds together because God is One.
      Your second question is also good, and I think that answer is beyond my comfortability to give. The Incarnation is a mystery in the sense that we cannot understand what happened from God’s perspective. I don’t know what it means that Mary conceived a Son by the Holy Spirit in the direction that I think you are asking. But I do understand and know that Jesus is the God-man born of woman and Spirit.
      Thanks.

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