1 Corinthians 15:55-56
The story is told of a little girl whose house was on the other side of this creepy old cemetery. And people would see this little girl sometimes take a shortcut to her home and she would go through this old cemetery, even at night sometimes. And someone once asked her “Aren’t you afraid? Aren’t you terrified to be going through that old spooky cemetery filled with death, even at night?” The little girl responded, “of course not, for my home is just on the other side.”
Right now we live in a world that is full of fear. We have this pandemic that is surrounding us. A family friend of ours, an acquaintance, recently came down with Covid 19. And I remember being asked by one of my little ones, is this person going die?
Fear of death. That’s a very real thing. There’s so many people in our world who have a real fear of death. But should we as Christians be afraid of death? Or should we instead be like that little girl who says no, I’m not afraid. For you see my home is just on the other side.
For you and me Jesus Christ has made heaven ready for us by living for us a life of righteousness, by going to the cross and their paying for all of our sins, by rising from the dead, he assures us that we too who believe in Him will someday rise from our own graves. We don’t have to be afraid of death.
Instead death and the grave is just the passage way to our future home. We don’t have to be afraid of death for our home is just on the other side of it. St. Paul encourages us and it’s wonderful encouragement especially now in our world as there’s so many people who are still very afraid of death and dying. St. Paul, he mocks death in First Corinthians chapter 15 he writes
Death is swallowed up in victory.
Death, where is your sting?
Grave, where is your victory?
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! (1 Corinthians 15:55-56)
We don’t have to be afraid of death. Jesus Christ has given us victory. He has lived for us, he died for us, he is risen from the dead for us. So now we can cut through the graves we can cut through those spooky old cemeteries ourselves because we know that our real home is just on the other side.
God’s blessings with you this week.