1 Corinthians 15:54-55 (ESV)
54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
Death is a topic we don’t like to discuss.
It’s a taboo subject. One we avoid because its confronting.
Understandably, we grieve when someone dies. Be they a friend, relative or often a complete stranger.
The loss is felt deep inside at a base, subconscious level.
Yet death need not be final.
For Christ showed us that He and He alone has won the victory over death.
Death does not need to hold some sort of power over us like the Sword of Damocles.
Yes, it’s inevitable that our “mortal” body will “perish”. In some ways Shakespeare’s character was right when he said:
“By my troth I care not; a man can die but once, we owe God a death.” Henry IV, Part 2: Act 3, Scene 2
But we have the hope of being raised with Christ to new life. For “He has risen from the dead” (Matthew 28:7).
What’s more, God “seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places” where He lives to intercede for those “who draw near” (Hebrews 7:25).
Death is in fact a new beginning, not just an end to this temporal, earthly existence.
prayer : thank you that you died in my place
action : live like I have “eternal life” now (John 6:47)