Death, what a morbid subject, yet one day, we will each experience it. Even though medical science might prolong life, it can’t stop death. But take heart because God has defeated death.
Friends of mine who get a daily newspaper primarily to check the obituary page. Why? Because people die all the time, and the list may include someone they knew.
We don’t ask, “Why do people die,” unless it was untimely or the death of a child. So, let’s ask the question, why do people die? The answer lies in the second chapter of the Bible.
The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” Genesis 2:15-17
In the next chapter, the serpent tricked Eve, and she ate that fruit. All the while, Adam stood there, watched her, and ate some. At that moment, they birthed sin, resulting in death.
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:56-57
Take note that Adam and Eve didn’t eat a piece of poisonous fruit, which made them drop dead. Instead, they ate in disobedience, which caused a separation between man and God.
Their disobedience infected all of Adam’s race with sin. Now, because of their sinful nature, within themselves, humans have no hope and live far from God.
Living Without Hope
You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:12-13
When we talk about death, it usually refers to when a person’s body has stopped functioning. But we must understand there is more to death than that. Jesus mentioned the two types of death.
“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
If a person dies without Christ, they will enter the second death, meaning a separation from God for eternity. When God defeated death, He defeated that type of death.
Our bodies’ physical death is inevitable because they won’t last forever in their present state. God, however, will change them.
For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. 1 Corinthians 15:53
This promise goes to all who have committed their lives to Jesus and received Him as their Savior. The transformation will take place instantly when Jesus resurrects us.
It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 1 Corinthians 15:52
Death, Defeated Forever!
The completion of the transformation of our mortal bodies to immortal means the defeat of death forever. This also fulfills Old Testament prophecy.
Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:54-55
Our verse for the day tells us that sin’s results end in death. But victory over sin and death comes through our Lord Jesus Christ.
This became available because of what Jesus did on the cross. He offered Himself as the only sacrifice acceptable to God. Then Jesus rose from the dead and offered us life.
His sacrifice for sins stands good for all time. In other words, once and for all. What did He do when He finished His work on earth? He sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. Romans 5:10
Now, everyone can call upon the name of Jesus. He mediates between sinful man and the sinless God. So when God looks at us through the blood of Jesus, He doesn’t see any sin.
I don’t say this lightly, but death shouldn’t be an issue with Christians. I understand that losing a friend or a loved one creates a void in our lives. But the Holy Spirit can fill that void.
We Can Live For Eternity
Also, remember, you will see your Christian loved ones again. Those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will not see death (eternal death) because Christ defeated it.
So, in the final verse of 1 Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul gave us a word of encouragement. He said for us to keep working enthusiastically for the Lord.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Lord, thank you that you defeated death for each of us. Holy Spirit, prepare the hearts of others to hear our message that Jesus defeated death for them.
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