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The Sting of Death (2 of 8)
I Corinthians 15:55-58
Today I want us to read from I Corinthians 15. We are going to read the last four verses of this chapter beginning at verse 55. I want to speak this morning on the subject, ‘‘The Sting of Death’’. We read here from the wonderful passage of the Bible that tells us about the resurrection of Christ, a question that every heart must ask.
We are thinking this morning about the sting of death. Death comes to every person. Death comes to every home, death comes to every family. The Bible teaches that man’s greatest enemy is death. And from the very moment you were born, you began to die in that same moment. Modern man has tried to evade the fact of death. People don’t die anymore, we say they pass away. People are not taken to the graveyard; they are taken to the Memorial Park. The corpse is not left as death leaves it; it is embalmed to give it a semblance of beauty and life. And all that man does tries to evade the reality of death.
The fact that you are dead is unmistakable. The Bible says ‘‘it is appointed unto man once to die.’’ You don’t know how, you don’t know when that moment will come but unless Jesus Christ comes again every person in this room will face death. C. S. Lewis said war does not increase death because death is told in every generation. In one hundred years, every person in this auditorium will be dead. Every person in this auditorium will have faced the sting of death. The fact of your death is inevitable.
And then the date of your death is unknowable. It is an hour appointed by God. It is an hour known only to a heavenly Father. You don’t know how much longer you have to live and neither do I. The date of your death is unknowable.
But the result of your death is unmistakable because the Bible says it is appointed unto man, once to die and after this the judgment. The result of your death is unmistakable because there is more beyond death. The Bible say ...
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