If you’ve ever been to Paris, you’ll know that many of its bridges have a story to tell.
The Pont de la Concorde is no exception.
This stone-arch bridge across the River Seine connects the Place de la Concorde with the National Assembly.
Construction of the bridge started during the late 1700s and continued even during the turmoil of the French Revolution. It was completed in 1791.
Interestingly, some of the stones used for the Pont de la Concorde were sourced from the rubble of the demolished Bastille prison. The bridge’s architect, Rudolph Perronet, said this was “so that the people could forever trample the old fortress.”
Today you can traverse this bridge and trample under your own feet the stones from the once-feared stronghold which imprisoned so many.
It’s a satisfying feeling to show your contempt for something vile by actually stomping on it, isn’t it?
Scripture tells us that Jesus will do something similar:
“The LORD (Father) says to my Lord (the Messiah, His Son), ‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet [subjugating them into complete submission].’ ” (Psalm 110:1)
What are some of the enemies suggested here? Sickness, injustice, bondage, the forces of spiritual darkness? Certainly. But there’s an ultimate enemy in mind:
“For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:25-26)
As we celebrate Easter, we give thanks for Jesus’ sacrifice for us at the Cross, saving us from our sins. But we also give thanks for the foretaste of ultimate victory that His resurrection provides, the victory over death itself.
Jesus was the first to conquer death (Revelation 1:5), and through His resurrection power He enables believers to enter eternal life with Him.
“But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)
“I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.” (Revelation 1:18)
One day, there will be no more death. Our Lord and Saviour will have triumphed over it completely!
“He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears.” (Isaiah 25:8a)
It is then that the taunting refrain addressed to death will arise:
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come to pass: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?’ ” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)
The Book of Revelation speaks of the streets of New Jerusalem being paved with gold.
But I wonder if there might be a patch of pavement there made out of stones from a tomb? Perhaps from those of God’s faithful servants, or maybe even from the tomb that temporarily held Jesus Himself?
Then for all eternity we could victoriously trample under our feet the stronghold that once imprisoned us all, the “old fortress” of death!
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