but always, victory in Christ

Now we reach the end of this week. The visitation is this evening, the funeral tomorrow morning, the burial later.

I believe when Paul says that it is better to be out of the body and with Jesus. That is the joy of being a Christian but I am still heartbroken that they have died and left to meet up with me later. I am sad because I know death is not part of God’s plan. Love tells me its wrong when death, disease, anger and sins infect my life. And it will remain so as long as I am living the ‘bottom story’ and not the ‘top story’ of His creation, where the saints, now with Norman and Selma, reside.

1 Corinthians 15:50-58

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “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! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

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