Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Death Nailed to the Cross

Cancer. Suicide. Murder. Over the past few weeks, it seems that death has been particularly close. Whether it has been my clients, fellow church members, relatives, or the adult son of a fellow grieving parent, death is clearly prevalent among our family, church, and even my law practice.

But praise be to God, death is not supremely powerful. As Pastor John Piper preached in a recent funeral sermon, Christ's work on the cross provided us, his followers, with victory over the cross. In Colosssians chapter 2, we read that Jesus
took the record of debt that stood against us, our sin, and nailed it to he cross. If we trust in Christ, then we can trust that our death, by reason of our sin, was nailed to the cross when Jesus died.

Therefore, as we encounter death, I pray that we would overcome fright and fear in faith. May we be able to focus on the victory that has come by reason of Christ's work and sacrifice.

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
through our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 15:55-57.

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