Easter Poll

I need you opinion for my Easter Sunday Message. In your opinion did Jesus achieve victory over Satan on the cross or when he was resurrected from the tomb? Vote and then feel free to voice your opinion and comments below.

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13 thoughts on “Easter Poll

  1. As I am not a theologian I am not sure how to answer. Might you be better giving a third option? The answer would seem to be to me that the cross was a victory over sin as we now have forgiveness.The resurrection was a victory over death giving us eternal life. Both were blows to the enemy. So, my answer is both! I wonder what Luther, Calvin and others would say?

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  2. Good response Mark. Obviously this is a deep question but on the surface where do you think the ultimate victory was won?

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  3. I think this is like asking if Jesus is God or a man. Not really a fair question. The victory was completed at the resurrection (O Death where is your sting?), but could have never been won without the cross (Gen 3:15).

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  4. Victory would not have been achieved but for the Cross. Christ had to decide to die and he did not come down from the Cross when Satan taunted him.

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  5. As you can see by the feedback there isn’t a consensus on this issue. It is not a matter of importance between the two but when it happened.

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  6. Read Oswald Chambers–My Utmost for His Highest–for April 6th …very profound commentary on the Cross. The kind where your jaw just drops and you say whoa!

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  7. I have always looked at the Cross of Christ as the finished work of our Redemption; and the Resurrection as the proof that the work of Redemption is complete and victory over death secured.

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  8. The correct thing in to say in a question like this is both. It’s the politically correct thing to do. It’s the type of question that leaves a lot of people arguing for days upon days.

    I would like to say within the context of the question being asked that it’s the… Resurrection. It’s hard to shift our thinking many times. It often seems as if you say something against the cross you have a warped theology. I am in no way saying anything of that manner nor denying what took place on the cross. The cross is the image that most often stand out and is what we most often speak about at Easter.

    The Resurrection is not only the moment in which death itself was defeated, but a glimpse of the future hope that awaits before us. Death was the punishment of sin at the beginning of creation in the garden and it’s the resurrection of Jesus that defeats it. Many people were crucified, but only one has ever been raised back to life. We must remember that. Death was defeated once Jesus was brought back to life. It’s the defeat of death that breaks way for life in the age to come.

    Yes, Jesus was a sacrifice on our behalf and the cross was the way in which God chose, but the resurrection is what sets apart the death of a ordinary man a part from the glory and power of God’s son.

    1 Cor 15
    14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all others.

    20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a human being. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But in this order: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.

    – Tim

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  9. Tim,

    You make a great point which is exactly why I asked the question. You correctly quote 1 Cor 15 but then you have Col 2:13-15 and Heb 2:14 which points to the cross.

    So it brings the question was the victory in the resurrection or was the the resurrection confirmation of the victory?

    Thanks for the comment.

    P.S. I am not too good at the PC thing

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  10. His death on the cross & the events that surrounded the cross and the very reason that He died (for our sins) make His death unique, to say the least, but Jesus wasn’t the only one to die on a cross, but He was the only to be resurrected from the dead.

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  11. I made my earlier post w/o carefully reading all other posts b/c I just gave my thoughts quickly before singing off the computer … sorry that I repeated what grandstaff said, since they had alreaday made a good point.

    Mr. Tom’s post is a good summary. And the scritpure that w/grandstaff used, 1 Cor. 15:14 ~ “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.” Wow, that’s very compelling.

    Thank God for Good Friday AND Resurrection Sunday!

    In your response to an earlier post, you said “on the surface” – so, I keep thinking about the Resurrection Power and that promise for us to be resurrected one day so my “final answer” … “on the surface” is that Jesus achieved victory at the Resurrection. For in a race their may be many victories along the way, but the final victory is when we cross the finish line.

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