April 28, 2020

O Death, Where Is Your Victory?

Devotional by: John Rusten

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:55

I just finished a small shingling job over the weekend and I was quickly reminded of—and frustrated by— the reality that my physical body is slowly deteriorating. I long for a body that can keep up with all I want to accomplish.

When was the last time you pondered the reality of your physical body wearing out?

In the beginning God created everything without sin, death, or decay. Sin then entered the world through mankind with the side effects of decay, destruction, and death taking its toll on every aspect of life. The eternal consequence was set, and the future provided little in the way of hope.

But God, in his love and kindness, sent Jesus to redeem mankind through his life, death, and resurrection. Jesus then returned to his original dwelling place, now seated at the right hand of the Father until he comes again to establish the new heaven and new earth. This heavenly dwelling is a perfect place in which death, decay, and evil have no part to play. And there he prepares a room for those who believe in him. Jesus says of this eternal dwelling place, “Whoever believes in me should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

As followers of Jesus, our life will match Jesus’ in its path. Our future eternity is with Jesus in heaven forever. We will be given new, eternal, perfect bodies. We will not experience pain and suffering. We will be whole.

Today let us pause and thank him for our eternal home. Let us encourage one another with this hope. Let us continue to share and invite others who do not yet have that hope. Death has no victory, nor sting, for those who believe in Jesus.

Passages for Further Study
John 17:22
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Colossians 3:1-7