And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. (Colossians 2:13-15 ESV)
Hymn ELH 343:2-3 Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
No son of man could conquer death,
Such mischief sin had wrought us,
For innocence dwelt not on earth,
And therefore death had brought us
Into thraldom from of old
And ever grew more strong and bold
And kept us in its bondage.
But Jesus Christ, God’s only Son,
To our low state descended,
The cause of death He has undone,
Its pow’r forever ended,
Ruined all its right and claim
And left it nothing but the name,
Its sting is lost forever.
Jesus, my Savior, thank You for Your sacrifice on the cross, which paid for all my sins. Amen.