“”Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57 NIV)“
We always want our favorite team to win whether it is pro football or high school football we like to cry out, “we won, we won!” when we weren’t even in the game. Victory is sweet in what ever sport is your favorite. It doesn’t have to be sports, either, it can be a situation at work in which the boss recognizes your effort and gives you a bonus. Or in school when you work hard on a project and earn that “A” from the teacher. We just like to be victorious.
There is another area of life that we can have the victory. It happens as a person comes to know Jesus Christ as their savior. The apostle Paul in writing to the church is talking about the time when Jesus “raptures” the believers out of this world. The believer then has the victory over death. We are victorious over death and the grave. But what about now? What about those who are dying before this “rapture” occurs? Here is some more good news.
Every day we face death. We try to evade it if possible but let’s face it, we are all one heart beat away from death. I know, we don’t like to think about it, but here comes the good news, Christ has overcome death. By His resurrection, each person who has placed their faith in Jesus will be resurrected, too. John 14 is one of my favorite passages of scripture especially the first three verses. Here they are…
““Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:1-3 HCSB)
As Benjamin Franklin said in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Yes, death is certain but for the believer there is victory in death and a peace that passes all understanding. I pray that you will be ready to face death in the power of Jesus’ name. That’s my point for today.