1 Corinthians 15:42-56
“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.’” vs. 54
When death comes to a person of faith, and a funeral is held, there will always be some expressions of grief. That’s to be expected when a loved one dies–they’re going to be missed, so of course there are tears. But there will also be smiles triggered by memories, and songs of hope and praise to celebrate new life in Christ, and mostly, the smiles win the day. That might seem strange to those who do not believe in resurrection. For them death is the end and there’s nothing more to be said. All there is for them are memories and the pain of loss. And the grief is sometimes overwhelming! However we understand the transition between the perishable and the imperishable, for people of faith death does not have the last word. Paul quotes Isaiah 25 as a source of hope, “(The Lord God) will swallow up death forever…and wipe away the tears from all faces.” Whenever followers of Jesus have gathered to remember the dead and celebrate life, this verse provides a succinct witness to our common faith. However sad we may feel about the loss of a friend or family member, we know in our hearts that death has been swallowed up in victory–and every tear will be wiped away!
Thought for the Day: What verses would I like read at my funeral? Tell someone!