Death by Love

At the cross, Jesus won our victory on a cosmic scale! In this NEW sermon by Pastor Mark, he gives a peak behind the veil at what really happened in the unseen realm when Jesus died.




Satan owned you (but Jesus rescued you) Christus Victor

Conversation w/a brilliant scholar & author about demonic LIES 

-People change, but the evils do not (new days, old demons) 

-No matter how many tears we shed, bodies we bury, elections we hold, wars we wage, taxes we raise, & degrees we earn, all of human potential only increases evil!


  1. Something has gone terribly wrong in this world, solution not in this world 
  2. Everyone sees the problems, only Bible reveals Problem behind problems 
  3. To understand our world, we need to open HIS Word

The War behind the wars

Ephesians 6:12 we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

2 realms 1 reality 

  1. Seen/Physical           2. Unseen/Spiritual  = connected 

=You – are a physical body & a spiritual soul.  = [DSM #0!]

War for Heaven

Revelation 12:7-9 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

  • Satan/Dragon/Devil/Deceiver = tried to remove & replace God 
  • Jesus said 1/3 angels sided w/Satan = Holy Angels won War for Heaven 

War for Earth (Revelation end; Genesis beginning = storyline) 

Genesis 1-2 God made male/female Adam/Eve, blessed = perfection “very good”

Genesis 3:1-15 Now the serpent was…crafty…He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden,but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So…the woman…took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened…And they…made themselves loincloths…and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?…The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

= Human beings lost War for Earth = Satan God this world, people w/demons 

  1. Satan recruited angels in heaven & recruits people on earth 
  2. Satan shows up uninvited 
  3. Satan wants you to walk away from God, & walk w/him
  4. Satan lies that God is holding out something better for you
  5. Satan will lead a family if the man won’t 
  6. We all have our forbidden fruit 
  7. Satan & demons want to remove & replace God everywhere on earth 
  8. This world cannot fix Problem behind problems (Gen. 3:15) DRAGON SLAYER 

War for your Life 

Romans 5:12-21 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…death reigned from Adam…who was a type of the one who was to come.But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many…For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life…For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous…so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • The war for your life was lost in Adam. -The war for your life was won in Jesus. 

#1. Adam’s death lost the war for your life 

Federal Headship 

Federal comes from the Latin word for covenant 

A covenant has a head (Jesus/Church; Husband/Family; Adam/Humanity) 

Adam means “mankind” = covenant head of humanity 

Though Eve sinned first, Adam held firstly (not solely) responsible 

We are all in covenant with Adam (e.g. a Prez, CEO, Father)

Sin = EVERYONE but Jesus = 1). Nature 2). Choice 

Original Sin Explains…

  • Your PROBLEM under all your problems  (need new nature) 
  • Why systems and institutions always fail (made & run by sinners) 
  • Why history is not evolving (progressive myth vs anxiety mental health) 

= Death 

Spiritual (born sinner, born again by Savior = new nature) 

Physical (all die even w/vax) 


#2. Jesus death won the war for your life 

-Jesus came as a vulnerable human being = tried kill (baby; man)

Crucifixion = state sponsored terror 

Impaling 800 BC Persians? 

Alexander from impaling to crucifixion – terror & dread 

Romans perfected (soldiers had their own twisted torment) 

= Stipe (permanent post) & patibulum (crossbar). 

Height – eye level. A). Wild dogs/animals could reach them. B). Enemies look in eye. 

Women = facing cross

Jesus’ Crucifixion 

  1. CRUSHED  
  • Carry cross miles – few 100 lbs (Simon of Cyrene) 
  • Collapsed, chest trauma & aneurysm, lungs filling carbon monoxide 

=Like head on car crash w/o air bags or seatbelt 

  1. SCOURGED = flogged w/flagrum or cat-o-nine tails (SHOW)
  • Handle & leather straps 
  • Stones or metal balls to tenderize flesh 
  • Glass, metal, or bones hooks 
  • Skin, muscle, tendon, bones, lungs bruised 
  • Deep tissue damage – death setting in 
  • Shock, blood loss, heart strained 
  • Rib fly off body 

= shotgun blast @ close range 

Isaiah “marred beyond human likeness”


#1. Luke 23:34 Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing

#4. John 19:28 I am thirsty (sponge) 

#5. Matthew 27:46 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Ps. 22:1)

#6. John 19:30 It is finished (loud voice)

#7. Luke 23:46 Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.  

=Spear thru heart. Buried. Rose from death. Crowds 500 40 days! Family! Ascend

Jesus is returning for Final War (Armageddon & Dead Rise for Triumph Holiday!) 

  • NO opportunity for Satan & demons (just men & women) 

Option #1. w/Satan you go to hell to be tormented w/Satan & demons forever 

Matthew 25:41 “Then he [Jesus] will say…‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Revelation 14:10-11 he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night…

Option #2. w/King Jesus you go to His Kingdom = eternal Triumph Holiday 

Colossians 2:13-15 [NLT] You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

Unseen/Spiritual = LIST ur sins on Jesus cross (comm/om; thought/word/deed/motive)

=Ancient Roman Triumph Holidays 

  • All of Rome in white – holiday, schools/biz closed 
  • Scaffolds for crowds along highway, city gates open, music, feasting, drinking 

Day 1 – SOLDIERS – returning from battle (vets saluting, wives/kids hoping w/tears)

Day 2 – PLUNDER – artwork, weapons, silver, horses, wagons, chariots, oxen to feast 

Day 3 – 2 KINGS – chained pow’s, defeated generals, enemy king = Generals – KING! 

-Satan/Demons had a 3-day Triumph Holiday unseen realm 

-REVERSAL Satan never thought King would love His people so much He’d die for 

-Prodigals – return home                -Sinners – repent sin, receive Jesus Lord & Savior  

Stand – Bible – Pray w/me

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