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.
7 On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
8 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.

9 In that day they will say,

“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the LORD, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” (isa. 15.6-9 niv)

Isaiah calls death a disgrace because that’s what it is. Death comes because of sin. Death is the proof that the shame of our sin is ours, that we deserve the death that we die. The soul who sins is the one who shall die, and we all die. Whether willingly or willingly, with time to get ready or suddenly, before we’ve even considered it…all die. Death is a disgrace because people were never meant to die. It’s not part of God’s plan. It’s part of life in this ruined world but it’s not how things are supposed to be.

But Christ has torn away the winding sheet that was wrapped around our necks. He has shredded the foul sheet that covered our faces, suffocating us, and He has brought us into the light of life. He has caused the light of His glory to shine in our hearts, and we are free. He entered into the cold black disgrace of death — even though He didn’t have to! He had no sin — and He rose from the dead. He left His grave-clothes neatly folded on a slab in a new tomb hollowed out of the rock, a tomb in which no one had ever been laid, and He walked out alive. By a tomb no one had ever used, and thus was holy to the Lord, Christ sanctified and rendered holy our shameful death. He healed the sting of death and removed the power of death by keeping the law that condemned us — we who had never kept it and were powerless to try, doomed to fail. By His life, His death, and His rising back to life, He has given us life that cannot die.

We can move and live again. We are freed from the sin and guilt that shackled us, and one day we will come and bow down before Him, kiss the holy wounds in His hands and His feet, and shed tears of joy and thanks — even as all the redeemed who have gone before us already bow down and worship before the throne of the Lamb with palms of victory in their hands. In that day we will kneel before Him and say, “Yes, this is our Lord! He is the One who has redeemed us. We knew it by faith all along and now we see it. This is our God, the only God there is, the Holy One of Israel, and we are His people, the sheep of His hand.”

The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD. (ps 115:17-18 kjv)

Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. (eph 5.14 kjv)

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