Why The Resurrection Gives Me Hope
Where O death is your victory? Where O death is your Sting? 1 Corinthians 15:55
As Easter approaches, this scripture keeps running through my mind.
You don’t get to this side of 50 without experiencing the sting of death. Some have experienced more of the sting than others. At the very least, a lot of us are losing parents and other loved ones of the generation before us. In some cases, we are losing our spouses and peers.
I lost both of my parents in 2015 – Mom in February and Dad in September. I am only just now beginning to feel the full impact of that loss. Death stings. Sometimes the sting is intense. It really hurts and can paralyze you. Sometimes, it’s just in the background, but constant. Either way, it’s painful.
I was blessed to have my parents with me for 57 years. And except for the last couple of months of their lives, they were blessed with good health.
On every other Easter that I can remember, my focus has been more on Good Friday. On the day that Jesus died a cruel, horrible death, which served as the sacrificial penalty for my sins. I am so grateful that He did that for me.
This year, my focus is on Sunday morning. The Resurrection. When Jesus overcame death and came back to life to live forever.
The Resurrection gives me hope that death is not the end. For those who have accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for their sins, we can be sure that when our time on this earth is over, it is not the end. When our loved ones’ time on this earth is over, it is not the end. There is a resurrection. There is life beyond what we experience in this world. There will be a time when death will no longer sting because we will be alive and live with Jesus forever.
“Where O death is your victory? Where O death is your sting?”
While the sting is real in the here and now, having the confidence that it is only for a little while gives me hope and comfort.
Celebrating the Resurrection with all of you and remembering my Mom & Dad.
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