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Living Life

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  • February 2018
2018. 2. 10 | Victory over Death (1 Corinthians 15:50~58)         Speakers Jae Ryun Chung

50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed --
52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory."
55 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my dear brothers, 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.

 

 

Reflection

Changed Bodies (15:50–54)

Sometimes we can be overly focused on our bodies—whether we are pleased or displeased with them. Although we are indeed made in the image of the Creator, it is important to have a humble and balanced view of ourselves. Every one of us has physical limitations that vary in form and degree from one person to another. Our bodies as we know and experience them on this side of eternity are perishable and mortal. Even those who are strong and mighty eventually become old and frail. While we all face the humbling reality that our earthly bodies will eventually die, the good news is that God will one day give us resurrected bodies that are immortal and imperishable.

 

How do you feel about having an immortal and imperishable body? Thank God that He will one day grant you this miraculous gift.

 

Final Victory (15:55–58)

Death is perhaps the scariest experience on the face of the earth. The reality of death can be very painful, whether it is the death of a loved one or our own death due to terminal illness. Death is something we are not used to because we were not created to die. But death on earth is not the end. Satan’s victory in the garden of Eden was temporary, but Jesus’ victory on the cross was decisive and final. Because of our faith in Jesus Christ, we can encounter death with confidence. There is hope beyond the grave because the scariest thing on earth has been defeated by our Lord. We can therefore say with full confidence, “Where, O death, is your victory?” 

 

What scares you the most about death? Remind yourself that you have victory over death because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

A letter to God 

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that in Your death and resurrection, death for us was rendered powerless. There is hope beyond pain and the grave. Please help me to face the reality of death with faith and hope in You. In Your name I pray. Amen.

 

 

* All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.