by Beverly Barnett

Thursday, May 23

The Reason for Death and the Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:51-58

“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory,” 1 Corinthians 15:54.

Death, for the believer, is a changing room before we enter into glorious Heaven. Death, for now, is necessary. Its purpose is for change—a moment in time when we drop off this mortal body and take up our immortal one. Death is a place of victory. Death does not conquer us. Death is conquered through Jesus Christ, and we are the benefactors!

We may fear the pain of death, but we can be certain that the pain will be quickly forgotten when we rise with new bodies. We will shout from Heaven’s portals, “O death, where is thy sting?” (verse 55). The face of Jesus we will behold, and death shall be remembered no more.

Thank you Jesus. Through our death, You will raise us to new life, eternally beside You, and forever to love You! Through your love and sacrifice, You have made our resurrection sure.

REFLECTION: On to victory! “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).


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