“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-58
Spring and Easter are times of new life and refreshment! Many people find encouragement, as these annual times of rebirth remind us that winter and death won’t last.
But if you’re like me, sometimes these promises of new life feel hollow. Life can make us feel pretty beat up at times. The teenager in full rebellion. The besetting sin that stings again and again, no matter how hard you’ve tried to give it to the Lord. Relationships that have been strained year after year. Often, life is just plain hard. The promise of new life can seem so distant when life right now is so hard.
In his first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul acknowledges the reality of sin and the difficulty of life. Indeed much of his very practical letter addresses the roots and results of sin in the church at Corinth.
At the end of his epistle, though, the great apostle does not fail to instill the hope that would see his readers through the dark valleys of life. Yes, life is hard, but “your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (v. 58) Our great and eternal hope is the glorious truth that “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (v. 54)
So when you or I feel the deadly weight of life bearing down upon us, may this be our great hope as well: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (v. 57)
Lord Jesus, what an amazing victory You accomplished for those who put their trust in You! Because You conquered sin on the cross and defeated death by coming forth from the tomb. You, our Savior, have pulled out the stinger. Thank You, dear Lord. Amen.
How is life stinging you today? Lay your concerns or sorrows before God in prayer. Receive the peace, joy and hope that Jesus won for you through His death and resurrection.