An Easter reflection: “Death swallowed up in victory!”

Empty tombTomorrow, “Good Friday” we honor and reflect on Jesus’ death.  Sunday we celebrate His resurrection!  Easter, for Christians, is a big deal!  This morning during my time of “Coffee with the Lord” I read Apostle Paul’s reflection about it again at the end of 1 Corinthians 15…

So here is my reflection on Paul’s words found there:  The resurrection of Jesus… His victory over death and its significance for us…

First of all, our resurrection!  And not only resurrected… Transformed!  New bodies, never to die again!  Incorruptible!  Death swallowed up – overcome – in victory – His victory!  “I tell you this:  flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Behold! I tell you a mystery!  We shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet!  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.  For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.  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! (15:50-54)

And secondly, victory over sin!  We can live an overcoming life because of His victory – His resurrection!  Compare 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 with Romans 6:4:  “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 though our Lords Jesus Christ! … and then, “We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk IN NEWNESS OF LIFE!”

And finally, significance in serving Him… No effort, no labor, no service for Him in vain!  Not only significant, rewarded!  “Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, KNOWING THAT IN THE LORD YOUR LABOR IS NOT IN VAIN!” (15:58)

Oh, am I glad for the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus!

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