Daily Devotional

Today’s Scripture Reading

Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:
     “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
          “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, 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 15:51–57 (New Revised Standard Version)

Have you identified a topic you’d rather not discuss again? Today’s reading is one that many pastors and church members alike would prefer never to have to consider again. The reason is that the verses in today’s reading are often only considered at the death of a loved one. The verses bring comfort at such a time, I suppose. But they are heard all too often. We do understand death. From the earthly perspective, we get it when a life has ended. We might not understand why, or what comes next, but we understand that the heart has stopped and a life as we know it is over. But the good news for all of us is that we will be changed. We will all be changed. Not just those who have died, but all of us. And we will put on imperishability, eventually. We will put on immortality. And that redefines death and immortality alike. For this moment, and until that time, we rejoice at the victory that is ours through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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