O Death Where is Thy Sting; O Grave Where is Thy Victory? 

Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it; Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (Acts 2:24, 26-27)– But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 15:57)~ O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (1 Cor 15:55)~ my heart is saddened to know a young man who passed away today after an accident – he was only 15 but I’d known him and his family since he was around 5 and this loss is so tragic!  Our young friend is gone way too soon and this just hurts so many of us! 

It’s a struggle to come to grips with it but I’m rejoicing in that the finished work of Christ means that the death that took our young friend to the grave will remain there when He gets his incorruptible risen new living body in Christ. His earthly body is now truly empty as His soul now rests in The Lord. The feeling of loss may seem a defeat to us when we lose a loved one… it truly hurts but God’s promised comforter reminds us that our friend is now standing in Victory circle, forever rejoicing and praising The Lord our God in Heaven! Blessed be the mighty name of Jesus, without whom none of this would be. Once again, the devil thinks he’s won and destroyed lives, but once again because we believe, the enemy and death are defeated and the devil is a LIE! 

Forever rest in the peace of God my young friend! Amen! 

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