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This morning I was trying to picture what my foot would look like dead. This is not because I have some sick fascination with death. Yes, it may be true that I enjoy walking in the cemetery but that is because it reminds me; first, that death is a reality and my life will be short; second, that Christ is a reality and I need him; third, that people are dying and there is an urgency for them to hear the Gospel; and fourth, that wealth, fame, and comfort do not matter in the end but only what is done for Christ. So, yes, one day soon I too will die and my foot, along with the rest of me will lie lifelessly in a grave.

But on that day of my final breath I can think of no greater joy than these words: “’Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’” These words from 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 are a reference to Isaiah 25:8-9: “He[God] will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.’”

My joy in thinking about these verses is not that I will one day my soul will be floating around “in a better place” as we often picture but that one day God will restore life to my physical body. My body will be made new and joined to my soul. I will physically step out of my grave and the sting of death which is my sin will be no more. Sin and death will be swallowed up by my God. I, who was once a sinner and under the power of death, will be transformed in the twinkling of an eye. And I, along with everyone else who knew Christ, will step out of our graves and worship Him. We will all say, “Behold!” This is our Savior! This is our Christ! This is the one who is perfect! This is the one who died for us! This is the one who took our sin! This is the one who has forgiven us! This is the one who has made death no more! “This is our God!”

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