55 ‘Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?’
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 15:55-57
I had the privilege over Easter of taking part in the traditional Good Friday march between 4 churches in our area. True to form it was packed with Easter content and a powerful reminder and celebration of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Also as expected those traditional hymns hit the mark and invariably a line would leap out and arrest me. The one that probably got me the most was “Death of death and hell’s destruction” from “Guide me o Thou great Redeemer”. I learned yesterday of a friend’s passing. It was unexpected! A shock! But then also, ironically a sense of peace, knowing that she is safe in the hands of Jesus and felt that she had somewhat been promoted to a higher calling, even as I thought about the things she had seemingly left undone.
Ultimately, it’s the resurrection of Jesus from the dead that gives us this victory over death. Death is not the end, but only the beginning of life eternal in the glorious presence of God! Jesus conquered that nasty enemy called death and today we do not need to be fearful of it, but we can celebrate the fact that we have victory in Jesus Christ. Thank you Jesus for conquering sin and death and for emerging victorious from the grave. You are great and powerful and there is no-one like you! Amen.