Friday, April 20, 2012

O death, where is thy sting?

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Consider the butterfly. Isn't it a piece of wondrous work? Starting out as a lowly caterpillar, going into a sleep and waking up with beautiful wings and the ability to fly. Amazing. What a testimony to a Creator. Who else could have thought up such a life of transformation?

And so is the life of a believer. Born into the fallen condition of Sin - the death Adam passed down to mankind from his act of disobedience. It only takes one infraction of the law to deny perfection. In a word, on our own  - we are doomed.

But God knew. The Creator gave us free will. And the chance to choose. And He gave the Promise to Adam and Eve and all their generations. Her seed would crush the enemy of mankind - Satan. 
And at the right time, He sent Jesus, God in the flesh, perfection from heaven, to pay the price that we might have His righteousness, His Victory - and not our own. 

Again our choice. Choose to live or die. 

And when we are born again, we come out of the grave of sin and death and into eternal life. We may not see it - but we are already 'butterflies' loosed from the sentence of death. Our bodies will die, like the caterpillars wormy body, and we will be with Him wrapped in His Glory and Robe of Righteousness. 

So this day, choose. Who wants to remain a worm? Choose life. Open your heart to the ONLY one who can save you. Jesus. Our Lord and Savior. Who took the sin of the world, that we might have eternal life.

The next time you see a butterfly flit by, rejoice. Thank the Creator that He is a transforming God. Not content to leave us, but One who desires His best for us.

Choose Jesus and be transformed.

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