Published April 2, 2013
Many years ago, Paul's dad regularly volunteered to help with our business. He drove to the post office to pick up our mail almost every day. He helped with small tasks around the office and even did some painting before we moved into our new offices 20 years ago.
One morning, Pop was gathering trash in our offices. One minute he was reaching for the trash can; the next he was in pain and his hand was swelling.
A wasp had hidden under the rim of the trash can. Pop invaded his territory. So the wasp retaliated by attacking and stinging him.
Immediately, we put a baking soda mixture on it to take away the sting.
The Bible talks about how Christ has taken away the sting of death and defeat for each of us.
I Corinthians 15:55 says "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"
Because Christ was put on the cross and died for each one of us, the sting of death is taken away. Physical death will still happen, but the defeat is gone. Death for the Christian means being together with Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:8.) Death becomes victory. (1 Corinthians 15:54-57.)
Have you accepted the mixture that takes away the sting? Have you accepted the gift of Christ's death and resurrection to cover your sting?
That day when the wasp attacked, Pop accepted that soda mixture to take away the sting of the insect.
More importantly, many years earlier he had accepted Christ's offer to take away the sting of death. Today he is at home with Jesus and experiencing eternal victory.
How victorious is your eternity?
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