True Victory

1 Corinthians 15:55O death where is your victory? O death, where is your sting (NASB). 

Her body died August 26, 2003 at 3:45 a.m.  Judy, my sister, is gone. Our shared memories are now only mine. Prolonged illness, painful suffering and an early death at 52 were part of her worldly package.  Cancer took her life but it couldn’t take away her credentials as a loving wife and mother, compassionate nurse, dear sister and special friend. It couldn’t take away her dignity, the respect she earned from colleagues, or the love of her family and friends. Death, too, is limited. It cannot stop love or memories. It can’t take away the eternal life God offers to each of us who believe in the birth, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.  It can’t take away the eternal life my sister and I will spend together.

Some of us still hesitate. We haven’t made the important decision about where we would like to spend our eternal life. Some of us of us have been making that decision for others because we haven’t told them about Jesus. Time is short. Where will we spend eternity?

2 Corinthians 5:1For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we’ll never have to relocate our tents again (MSG).

Prayer: Eternal Father God, Maker of all things, Creator of more than we can ask or know, thanks that under your hand, death has lost its sting. Thanks for the promised hope of eternal life. Amen

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