18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison.
January 12, 1946 saw one of the grandest parades in American history. It was held in New York City to celebrate the end of World War II. The parade was led by 13,000 men of the 82nd Airborne Division who were followed by tanks and other armored vehicles. The parade was reported to have been four miles long with more than two and a half million people in attendance. Ticker tape showered down on the soldiers and spectators as everyone celebrated the defeat of the Axis powers. It was a victory worth celebrating!
Jesus once had a victory parade too. He paraded, not through New York City, but through hell! It’s true. God’s Word recorded by the apostle Peter tells us that after Jesus died for the sins of the world and rose from the grave, he went to hell and announced his victory. He had done it! He had defeated sin, death and the devil! And because he did, his victory is also YOUR victory. Your sins can no longer condemn you. Your death cannot hold you. And the devil has no power over you.
Christians have confessed this comforting truth for hundreds of years. The Apostles’ Creed states that Jesus descended into hell. The next time you confess this creed, take comfort that he did. And let your life be a celebration of Jesus’ victory!
Dear Lord, we thank You for the victory you made possible for us over death and our sin. We thank You that You paid the debt for our sin. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.