The last enemy to be destroyed is death. —I Corinthians 15:26

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”  “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. —I Corinthians 15:54-58

            Death is an enemy. This enemy has caused so much pain. Where did this enemy come from?   “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). There is where death originated from— “And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die” (Genesis 2:16-17).

            Oh how much pain and sorrow, grieving and tears have been shed since death entered this world we live in. We watch love ones and our own bodies deteriorating. We have seen loved ones die and one day we will meet our last enemy— death. But followers of Jesus need not fear this enemy. Jesus tasted “death for everyone” and set “free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Hebrews 2:9, 15).  There is no more “sting” in death for the follower of Jesus because “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Yes!   We are victorious over death through the finished work of Jesus at the cross on our behalf!

“Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death” (Revelation 20:14) and—

“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” —Revelation 21:1-5

We need not fear death as followers of Jesus. Jesus has given us the victory over it. He is now preparing us a place for us and as He has gone to prepare a place for us He “will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3).  Let us rejoice!   We will be with Jesus and all who love Him soon!

Dear Father “my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.” Without Him I have no hope. But all my hope is founded upon Him. Now may I live out this hope in Your purposes and plans in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

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