Where, O death, is your victory?

sander-zelhem-green-passage So many things in this life remind me of the mortality of life - the temporal aspects of life.

When fall comes we see decay and death in creation when leaves change colour, wilt, eventually die and fall to the ground. The leaves return to the dust of the earth from where they came from.

Hope

But there is nothing more telling of this when we are confronted by death of a loved one, death of a friend, death of an aquantiance, or death of a stranger. For many death is a sobering and a sad unknown part of the human experience...

Hope in this tangible life is no hope at all. Think about what's all around us and what we experience; people, places, and things fade away and at some point are no more.

Hope is found in the resurrected Jesus, who promises life beyond this tangible kingdom. He promises not just any life, but a better life, a new life where he is making all things new.

Jesus came to bring dead people to life, make the world as it should be, and reconcile people to people and people to God.

The Apostle Paul states:

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Victory

Through Jesus death, burial, and resurrection he has provide victory over sin, death, and the enemy of humans, Satan. Jesus has provided a way for the mortal to become immortal - the perishible to become imperishable.

"For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. "When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:

“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“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 15:54-57

Hope is found beyond this fragile life on earth. Let nothing move you to lose heart. Don't be mislead to believe that this life is all there is. Fear and darkness will fade give way to the light of the King of Kings.

I end this blog post with this poem entitled "Behold, I Come" by Annie Johnson Flint:

"Behold, I come"—the darkness lightens Above all sorrow and all fear; Beyond the clouds the Daystar brightens, And our deliverance is near; The groaning earth awaits the hour When all the wrongs of time are past, And clothed with glory and with power, The King of kings shall reign at last.

—Annie Johnson Flint

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