Words from the Heart for Tuesday March 27th, 2018
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
I Corinthians 15:55 (KJV)
Where is Your Sting, Death
If we have said goodbye to a loved one who has known the Lord we of course have great sorrow. But, that grave and all that it represents no longer tells the final story. There is life beyond the grave in the Presence of the Lord for all His followers. Christ’s victory over death becomes our victory, too.
Bees, wasps and yellow jackets aren’t the only stinging insects in Canada. There are two species of ants in Canada that will sting you. The European fire ant is becoming more common in southeastern Canada. They often leave multiple stings in a small circular or semicircular cluster. They can be very aggressive, especially if their nest is disturbed. Harvester ants are found in western Canada. Their sting is more painful and their venom more toxic than that of fire ants.
If you’ve lost a loved one, and we all have, you know just how painful death is. It throws us into the depths of grief and steals our joy and hope. Death is not God’s plan for His creation. His will was that men and women would live in fellowship with each other and with Him. Sin destroyed that plan and resulted in death. If that had been the final chapter, how terrible it would be for every human being ever born. But God had a plan. Jesus would come and by His death, and then His resurrection, He would destroy death. Paul the apostle asked this question in 1 Corinthians 15:55: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” For thousands of years, death was the end of things. For thousands of years the grave was the end for everyone. But not anymore. While death would still be the experience for every human being, and will be until Jesus returns and establishes his eternal Kingdom, it has now become a portal to eternal life. The sting of death is gone.
These have been words from the heart.