Death, Where is Your Victory?

I’m sitting in the corner of my local coffee shop enjoying a cup of tea. I find myself staring outside at the melting snow giving way to muddy soil and dead grass. The trees are barren of colorful life. The roads and cars are covered in slush and salt. Winter is long. Cabin fever might be sitting in for some. It can be a depressing time. Everything is dead, but amongst this death there is a reminder of God’s goodness and grace. This is a passing time. Martin Luther says, “Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.”

Winter is passing and Spring is just over the horizon with it’s bright warm sun, cooling breeze, bright leaves, and flower’s in bloom. Easter is coming, the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. The seasons remind us that even though creation is slowly dying and going through a season that will turn into a long brutal winter there is still beauty in creation. No matter the circumstances God is sovereign over all creation. It is a reminder that death will not last because God will restore all things to himself. It also reminds us that there is still hope in our life and that God provides.

 No matter the circumstances God is sovereign over all creation.

“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.” - Romans 8:19-22

Scripture tells us that we have hope in that creation will be liberated out of its bondage and decay and brought to full glory. What an amazing promise. Why is creation subjected to bondage? Because we have all gone astray. We have all rebelled against God and the fall of creation is a result of that.

Jesus was not an after thought or plan B. He was THE only plan before the foundations of the world. 

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” - Isaiah 53:6

Though God would be righteous and just to pour His wrath upon us for committing treason against a Holy and just god, He provided a way through Jesus. Jesus was not an after thought or plan B. He was THE only plan before the foundations of the world. In fact the Bible reveals that all of human history and scripture points to Jesus and His redemptive work. We also see in scripture that God provides. He always makes a way.

1. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, God still provided them with clothing and a promise.

2. When Cain killed his brother Able he was given a mark of protection against violence.

3. Noah’s generation was wicked and was destroyed by a flood. But God found favor with Noah’s family and protected them from the flood.

4. Abraham was promised a son and God provided and when he was commanded to offer him as a sacrifice, God provided a ram as a substitute.

In the New Testament we see God provides the ultimate substitute once and for all through His son Jesus, who has taken upon the wrath we deserved on the cross as a propitiation for our sins, so that we can be justified and transformed into the image of Christ Jesus.

“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” - 1 Corinthians 15:22

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” - 1 Corinthians 15:55

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? We all go through seasons in life, some longer than others, some good and some bad. Yet, there is still beauty. God is still perfecting us in His image. My prayer this Easter is that we are able to take some time to observe and meditate on the beauty of Christ in His life, death, burial, and resurrection. In doing so, may we be not only reminded of our sin, but also reminded of His grace and provision, and our redemption and transformation. We must walk in this daily.

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes; for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.” - Psalm 96:11-13