Is Death's Sting?
O Death, where is your victory?
O Death, where is your sting?—1 Corinthians
Over the centuries, death has been our relentless and unyielding enemy. No
one, regardless of worldly rank, strength, or wealth has been able to escape
death. As soon as we are born, death becomes our destiny. Many have tried, but
no one has developed an antidote for death.
The reality of the resurrection is that death has been defeated! It is
no longer the impregnable enemy, for Christ marched through the gates of Hades
and claimed decisive victory over death. He conquered death completely; now He
assures His followers that we, too, will share in His victory. Christians need
not fear death. Christ has gone before us and will take us to join Him in
heaven. Death frees us to experience the glorious, heavenly presence of God. No
illness can defeat us. No disaster can rob us of eternal life. Death can
temporarily remove us from those we love, but it transfers us into the presence
of the One who loves us most. God's glory is His presence. Death, our greatest
enemy, is nothing more than the vehicle that enables believers to experience
Do not allow a fear of death to prevent you from experiencing a full and
abundant life. Death cannot rob you of the eternal life that is your inheritance
as a child of God. Jesus has prepared a place for you in heaven that surpasses
your imagination (John 14:1–4).
Death will one day be the door by which you gain access to all that is yours in
heaven.—Experiencing God Day by Day