What A Day That Will Be!
by Judy Webb
"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?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)
When a loved one dies, grief and mourning overtake us. Often these emotions are strongest as the survivors experience those “firsts." The first anniversary, first birthday, or first special holiday, without that special person to celebrate with. Feelings are strong for many months following a loss like this, but I found Easter Sunday was more meaningful and profound the first time I observed Easter without my husband.
The celebration was more celebratory and there was a new understanding and faith that everything would be all right, in fact it already was! As one commentary pointed out, Christ invaded death’s domain and robbed it of its sting. This is the great victory for which God is to be thanked.
“I will deliver this people from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction?" (Hosea 13:14)
Victory over death and the grave is for those who know Christ. When our loved one knew, served, and loved Jesus; all doubt is removed. We know where they are, and we know we will see them again. What comfort! What joy! What peace! Truly we can shout with confidence: “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (Verse 55)
We read from the prophet Isaiah (25:80)
"He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces."
The first Easter service I attended without my husband at my side was amazing. I got a glimpse in my mind’s eye of Dave standing in the heavenly congregation next to his mother and his sister. Hands raised in praise and singing his heart out.
Oh, what a day that will be!
Father, thank you for Easter. Thank you for the peace that comes from knowing Jesus.