Where, O Death, Is Your Victory?
(1Corinthians 15:55-58)
According to the Scriptures, our Savior Jesus Christ bore our sins on the cross and was buried but rose again on the third day. This resurrection of Jesus is the greatest miracle in human history and the blessed news of deliverance to those who were under the fearful power of sin and death.

1. Change from absolute despair to absolute hope

When God created the world, the LORD, God formed the man from the?dust?of the ground and?breathed into his nostrils the?breath?of?life (Genesis 2:7). Humans, in contrast to other animals, are spiritual beings that have the ability to communicate with God and experience fellowship. However, Adam and Eve's disobedience and failure to acknowledge God's sovereignty resulted in humanity falling into the grip of sin and death, experiencing absolute despair. The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ was an event that shattered the power of sin and death. Now, anyone who believes in Jesus can share in the grace of resurrection, transitioning from absolute despair to a life filled with absolute hope (1 Corinthians 15:20?22).

2. Change from the punishment of the law to a blessed life with grace

Humans needed a standard to understand what sin is and what constitutes wrongdoing. Therefore, God gave the Law to reveal His will and what goes against from it as sin. However, as humans, although we recognize sin through the Law, we lacked the ability to adhere to it fully, leaving us unable to escape punishment and always stay under a curse (Galatians 3:10). Jesus died due to our sins and resurrected to justify us (Romans 4:25). Now, those in Christ receive a life not of punishment of law but of the divine blessings granted by God.

3. Change to a victorious life through the grace of Jesus Christ

Those who live in reverence of the resurrected Jesus Christ move from a life under a curse to a life of blessing, from a life of failure to that of a triumphant victory (1Corinthians 15:57). Those who hold onto the resurrected life given by Jesus Christ, which cripple the power of sin and death, live a life of abundant victory, overcoming any hardship or persecution, any attack from the forces of darkness (Romans 8:35, 37). We earnestly pray that each one of us, thankful for the extraordinary grace extended to us by Jesus Christ, would strive throughout our lives to bring joy to the Lord alone.