by Jerry Vines

Victory in Jesus
Jerry Vines
1 Corinthians 15:50-58

Sometimes I like to think about I Corinthians 15 as a mighty, majestic symphony. It is a symphony about the glorious resurrection which awaits the believer. Sometimes, in a symphony, there is a recurring refrain. As you read this great chapter about the believers' resurrection you will discover that all the way through there recurs the great song, the great refrain, of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Because Jesus rose again from the dead, those who know Christ as their personal Savior are going to also experience a glorious resurrection. I have never discussed this with them, but I have often wondered if Bill Gaither did not take his inspiration from this chapter for the song we use of his so frequently.

The refrain goes, ''Because He lives I can face tomorrow. Because He lives all fear is gone. Because I know who holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives.''

That's a pretty good commentary of what Paul is writing in these verses. It is because Jesus Christ rose again that life has meaning and purpose for you and me. It is because Jesus rose again that we have the hope and the confidence that one day we will see our loved ones again. It is because Jesus Christ lives that you and I have a hope in the hour of death. Jesus Christ won the victory. He won the victory on the cross and He also won the victory in the tomb. Therefore, you and I can win the victory over battle we face in daily life. We will win the victory on the death bed and we will win the victory in the cemetery.

I heard about a young preacher who was going to visit an aged dying saint. He went to comfort her and as they were talking she said to him, ''Pastor, I'm not going to die.'' He smiled and said, ''O, you have trusted in the Lord and He is giving you comfort in the time of your death.'' She said, ''O, no, pastor, I do not expect to die.'' He thought, in her dying condition that her mind was wand ...

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