Is there peace or a sting to your thoughts about death?

Fear of the Final
The Sting of Death – Part 1

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:55

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

In our passage of scripture for today, we see the phrase: “The sting of death.”  Most of us understand the basic meaning of that phrase—we hate the thought of being stung!  Even the thought of death stings many people.  It hurts to face the realities of death for those who know nothing of our Savior.

In my line of work as a minister, I walk with a lot of people who are facing death at various stages.  I preached a funeral message for a young boy several years ago.  I spoke of the hope of seeing him again, because of Jesus.  His grandfather came up to me after the service.  He told me how he wished he could have such hope.  That summarizes the “sting” of death, hopelessness.  People without hope face their own final days as well as their loved ones with such dread and fear.

No one enjoys the thoughts of death—believer or non-believer.  There is a built in, God-given, self-preservation part of us that fights for survival.  The sting of death includes some of that, but goes beyond that to a fear of eternity.  When you think of death, what emotions rise to the surface?  Is there peace or a sting to your thoughts?  (Continued)

Father, I praise you for my peace about my eternal destination.  Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul!  In Jesus’s name, amen.

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