Our Daily Bread: You Can Beat It
- READ: Matthew 28:1-10
O Death, where is your sting? —1 Corinthians 15:55
The radio ad for an upcoming seminar sounded intriguing. The announcer
said, “You can beat death—for good! Attend my seminar and I’ll show you
how.” I wondered for a few moments what the speaker would claim could
beat death and what his suggestions might be. Perhaps something about
diet or exercise or freezing our bodies? After listening a little
longer, though, I realized he had said, “You can beat debt—for good.”
The most wonderful news is that we can beat death because Jesus paid our debt! (1 Cor. 15:55-57). Our debt of
sin meant separation from God, but Jesus willingly gave up His life and
was crucified on a cross to pay what we owed. As Mary Magdalene and
another Mary went to the tomb on the third day to anoint His body, an
angel told them: “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said” (Matt.
28:6). With great joy they ran to bring His disciples the word. On their way, Jesus met them and said, “Rejoice!” (v.9). Jesus had risen, and
His followers had reason for rejoicing.
Jesus has removed the sting of death (1 Cor. 15:55). Now we too have victory
by believing in the Son of God’s death and resurrection for us. Through
Jesus’ perfect work, we can beat death—for good! —Anne Cetas
Dear Lord, thank You for sacrificing Your life for our
sins so that we might live. We’re thankful that because
You died and rose again, we can have assurance that
one day we’ll be with You in a place of no more death.
We owed a debt we couldn’t pay; Jesus paid a debt He didn’t owe.