Where Is Your Sting?
Friday, September 19, 2014
Friday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
“For if the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised, And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins.”(I Corinthians 15:17)
One of my favorite hymns is “Because He Lives,” written by Bill and Gloria Gaither. The words of the chorus are: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know who holds the future and life is worth the living, just because He lives.”
I can’t seem to get through that song without shedding some tears. They are not tears of sadness or despair, but tears of hope, peace and complete joy. It was crucial that Jesus die on the cross for our sins, and equally important that He rose from the grave. Without both, together, we would be lost. God is so good! He knows exactly what we are going to need when we need it. He loves us so much! Life can be really hard sometimes, but if we can keep on hoping and trusting in God’s promise of eternal life, we have everything worth living for!
I Corinthians 15 says,“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
because of Jesus we have victory over death.
Let us find hope in that promise every day.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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1 CORINTHIANS 15:12-20 • PSALM 17:1BCD, 6-7, 8B AND 15 • LUKE 8:1-3