The Sting is Gone

A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

This past week I conducted a funeral on Saturday and two days later stood at the side of our West Highland terrier as she was euthanized. Both events brought to mind two undeniable truths, the reality of death and the victory over death secured at Calvary. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul elaborates on the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead and the future bodily resurrection. Jesus Christ’s victory over the grave guarantees that since we are united with Christ, His triumphant is now ours. What a comfort and joy it is to be able to say “O death, where is your victory? O death where is your sting?” Two key words in this verse are “victory” (nike -success or supremacy) and “sting” (to pierce or to hurt).

Paul reminds us that although death is a consequence of living in a sin cursed world, Jesus has put an end to the destruction and piercing sorrow of death. The Son of God took the sting of death so that we would not have to!