“O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”
The sting of death is sin, and the strength 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
Christ, by dying, has taken out this sting. He has made atonement for sin; He has obtained remission of it. It may hiss therefore, but it cannot hurt. The strength of sin is the law; but the curse of the law is removed by our Redeemer’s becoming a curse for us. So that sin is deprived of its strength and sting, through Christ, that is, by His incarnation, suffering, and death. Death may seize a believer, but cannot sting Him, cannot hold Him in his power. (Matthew Henry)
Author and I had a conversation with a family member several years ago. This person has theology and divinity degrees. When asked about belief in the resurrection, the answer given was: there were no eyewitnesses to it and, the writings about the resurrection came much later and were not written by eyewitnesses.
Well… that simply is not true.
“Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled,for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.” John 20:19-20
“And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:26-29
John and Paul’s letters were written within the lifetime of eyewitnesses to Christ. So, either these letters contain myth or they do not.
“And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen.” Rev. 1:17-18
The beloved disciple, John, saw a living Jesus in heaven: Praise our risen LORD!
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