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The Sting Of Death Is Sin

March 17, 2012

The Sting Of Death  Is Sin

It seems like  so many people  disregard the importance  of the resurrection — because they don’t understand it.     So,  what truly  should be  the celebration  of Jesus’ resurrection  is dominated  with the Easter bunny,  chicks,  and all sorts of irrelevant things.     The truths  of the resurrection  are lost  in the flurry  of commercialism and myths.

Just what is so important  about Jesus’ resurrection?     Do we really need to care?

If we care about  what happens to us  in all of eternity — yes,  we should care.

There are many Bible passages  that show us  the importance of Jesus’ resurrection  for our own lives.     One we should consider is 1 Corinthians 15:56-57,

The sting  of death  is sin,  and the power  of sin  is the law;  but thanks be to God,  who gives us the victory  through our Lord Jesus Christ.

These verses  point out  that there is a very good reason  why many  are rightfully  afraid of dying.     There is a fearsome  “sting of death“.     Our whole problem with death  is that  we are condemned sinners — and deep down  in our inner being,  we know  that we will have to face  the Almighty Judge  when we die.     Our every little sin needs to be accounted for.     And, nobody can escape the Judge.     We deserve condemnation, whether we want to face that fact  or not.

God is the Judge.     Because He is absolutely holy  and mankind fell into sin,  God set up the law  as a guide  as to what our behavior  should be.    That law  has plainly shown everyone  what is right  and what is wrong.     Sin has power  over us all  because there isn’t one of us  who has been able  to keep the law perfectly.     Our guilt  is constantly staring us  in the face — and we can’t  get away from it.     So, we feel  “the power of sin”  in our lives.     People sin against us  and we sin against others…….     It makes us wish we could just  crawl in a hole.

And,  that is what we should realize.     Sin condemns  us all.

Then comes the amazing importance  of Jesus’ resurrection.     Because God came  to this earth  in the physical form of Christ Jesus — lived a holy life — suffered and died  to pay the penalty  for our sins — and was resurrected  with His physical body — through faith,  we are  given  the gift of total forgiveness.     Through faith in Jesus,  we are made perfect  and absolutely holy  in God’s eyes.

That is our victory  over the sin  in our lives.     Jesus  is our victory.     Jesus’ resurrection  proves our victory.     It validates  Jesus’ power and authority  to forgive our sins.     God’s gift of forgiveness is for real.     God’s gift of eternal life is for real.     That’s why Paul couldn’t help but proclaim,

Thanks be to God,  who gives us  the victory  through our Lord Jesus Christ.

This resurrection victory is given to us.     We have not earned it.     We don’t deserve it.     But,  God gives it to us anyway,  as a gift,  because Jesus Christ lived a holy life,  was sacrificed  to pay for our sins,  and was resurrected  to prove  that He has the authority  to simply give us  the gift of eternal life,  through faith in Him.

Joy over the Easter bunny and chicks  gets us nowhere  fast.     The Easter bunny can’t give us victory over anything.     He’s nothing but a myth — an idolatrous figment of man’s imagination.     That makes the Easter bunny a total waste of time.

So,  if we value our eternity,  let us accept God’s gift of  “victory through our Lord Jesus Christ“.     Then, we’ll be able to really thank God  with the joy of receiving eternal life — all because of Jesus’ resurrection.     Because of the resurrection,  “the sting of death”  is gone.     Our sin is gone.     We are forgiven.

In the peace of sin forgiven,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank You,  Lord Jesus!     Thank You for Your faithful love  in suffering and dying to pay for our sins.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods

Pray for our country

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The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father has compassion on his children,

So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,  but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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