friday, may 17

sharing god’s hope: death defeated

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. [Rev 21:4]

In a period of three and a half years, I attended six funerals, including one for my husband’s best friend, one for my brother, and one for my husband’s dad. Then only a couple weeks after the death of my father-in-law, I sat on my living room floor, stroking my ailing dog as she was put to sleep. It was the first time I’d witnessed a death in person.

I understand why Paul called death an enemy. It separates and divides. It robs us of our loved ones and it robs our loved ones of the good gifts of this world. It creates holes in our lives and turns sweet memories bitter.

When Jesus stood at the grave of his friend Lazarus he wept.

“For as in Adam all die,” and it breaks God’s heart.

So God put on flesh and “being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” [Philippians 2:8] But then to show that He has power over even the grave, He rose again, foreshadowing the day when Christ will “swallow up death forever.” [Isaiah 25:8]

I can’t wait!

QUESTION: Read 1 Corinthians 1:3-5. Where do you see the gospel at work in this passage?

Lacey Sharpe