5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:54b-57
Verses 1 and 2 of this song show the sharp contrast between Jesus’ divine nature and worthiness fully expressed after His resurrection and Jesus’ human flesh that was bruised and broken prior to His death and resurrection. Jesus’ head was crowned with thorns. Jesus was a humble servant washing His disciples’ feet. Jesus, out of love for us and the Father, bore our sins on the cross. But after the resurrection Jesus is crowned in glory and full of majesty. Jesus is worshipped. Jesus’ love shines forth.
Death is swallowed up in victory! The sting of death is no more! Because of the sanctifying sacrifice of Jesus on the cross we are washed clean – cleansed of all sinfulness. The grave thought it had won with the death of Jesus, but God had different plans. God took back from the grave what the world had given – robbing the grave and resurrecting the Christ.
This is the reason for the chorus – “Your name, Your name, is victory; all praise will rise to Christ, our King!” There has not been another event in human history that causes hearts to sing these simple words that bear profound worship. The phrase “Your name” is repeated in the chorus; when things in Scripture are repeated they are done so for emphasis. In this case I would suggest the same is happening; there is no name, in heaven and on earth, above the name of Jesus and it is only through Him that we have victory over sin and death.
This truth takes away all of the fears that we had in the past (verse 3). Now that Jesus is ascended we have been given the Holy Spirit and by the power of the Spirit we are continually being transformed. Romans 8:11 says, “if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” God gave the spirit [John 14:16-17] to give us life.