Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

1 Corinthians 15:50-57 NLT
[50] What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever. [51] But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! [52] It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. [53] For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. [54] Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. [55] O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? ” [56] For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. [57] But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection . . .

What a glorious hope we have in the Lord! We have victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord! This passage of scripture is often used at funerals and end of life situations because it focuses on the hope we have as believers beyond this mortal life on earth. It helps us focus our attention on the unseen, the invisible, the hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Death is the result of sin and even though it brings such finality to life on earth, it has not and will not triumph for those who believe in Jesus.

The world is looking for hope, a future better than the existence we find in this broken world. So many look to money, family, other people, and material things to fill that longing for something better, most often unaware that their need is a spiritual awakening to God through Jesus Christ. He has won the victory over sin and death for us. The heart of the Gospel is not only that Jesus died for our sin, but that he rose from the dead in vicotry over sin, and it was for God’s glory and to our benefit. Receiving and believing that Good News, the Gospel message for our lives is the greatest blessing anyone can know!

May the blessing of knowing victory over sin and death through Jesus fill us with great joy!