April 23 | 1 Corinthians 15:52-53
“in the moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must be clothed with the imperishable and this mortal body be clothed with immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:52–53)
We celebrate the final nail in the coffin of our greatest enemy, death. It’s better than the winning touchdown by the home team, the sucker punch that TKO’s the boxer in the ring, and the walkoff home run.
Death will not last forever. When Jesus walked out of that tomb that Sunday morning over 2000 years ago, he secured the greatest victory, a one-two punch to death and sin. There’s nothing for you to fear any longer. Jesus has won the victory for good.
So many people are concerned with death and the finality that follows. But for you, it is just the beginning, the door to step through to meet Jesus and spend eternity with him. Paul gets excited when he quotes the poem concerning death’s defeat.
Life will never end for you. Either you will meet Jesus in the air still living for him or your body will be raised to meet him. As one of my mentors used to say, “You can’t scare a Christian with death.” Live free from the sting of death. It cannot hurt you.
Action Step: Praise God that death is a defeated foe. Let the weight of the fear of death fall from your shoulders. Jesus beat death long ago. He is the first to be resurrected, and you are next.
Jesus, thank you for winning the battle against death. I live in your life today. If I fear death again, remind me you have overcome the grave. The ultimate victory belongs to you.