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
When reading a good story, it will build up to a climax where action and answers come together. Our emotions ride along on this uphill climb to the thrill of reaching the summit of the tale. A good storyteller will make sure that the message they are trying to convey to the reader or listener is clear as well as worth their time to read it.
That’s kind of the way it is with Holy Week. We hear and read about the miracles of Jesus, his acts of love and compassion to people, and the troubling words he says regarding his death and resurrection. The disciples are trying to understand, but are still struggling with the thought that Jesus was going to die. Many may think the crucifixion is the climax of the story, but it actually is the resurrection.
It is through the resurrection that God acted on man’s behalf. The stone was rolled away and the Spirit that raised Jesus from the grave is the same Spirit that will raise us into the presence of God. Sin was defeated. Victory is ours! Praise God!
The message is clear. Jesus is the way to take the sting out of death. The Great Author has made his message clear. It is truly worth taking the time to read.
Prayer: Lord, thank you so much for the great sacrifice you made to save me. I pray that I will relive the Easter story throughout the year and walk in your victory over sin. Amen
Faith Tip: Take time today to read this wonderful story and live in victory knowing that the stinger was taken out of death.