by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
First Corinthians 15:55-58

In I Corinthians the 15th chapter and verses 55-58 we
have the Christian's present song of triumph over
death. Paul has just said in verse 54, that at that
moment when Jesus comes at the Rapture and the
Christians dead will be raised and the living
Christians will be changed and both be given glorified
bodies, never to be corrupt anymore, never to grow
sick, sin, suffer or die, for they will be immortal,
"death is swallowed up in victory," meaning it is
consumed, destroyed forever for the blessed people.
Then he sings the song of victory in verse 55, "0
death, where is thy sting? 0 death, where is thy
victory?" Notice I changed the word grave in the King
James version to death. Our earliest manuscripts have
death in both places. Paul is talking about death.
He's talking about victory over death. "Death is
swallowed up in victory," completely destroyed and
here he bursts forth in a victory song. A celebration!
What a tremendous thing!

The other day a television program went back to the
celebration in the streets at the end of the last
world war, and showed people all over the world and in
every great city of America gathered in the streets
and they sang and they clapped their hands and danced
and they did some of the seemingly most foolish things
because of the emotion that the war was over. There
was a victory won. My friend, that is nothing compared
to this victory song of God's people. Here is a
dying man, by the name of Paul, looking death in the
face and saying, "I'm not afraid of you. You are
licked. My Saviour has defeated you and there's
nothing you can do to hurt me." And he's absolutely
fearless. In fact he wanted to go, to depart and be
with Christ which is far better at a particular time
in his life.

He cries out in this victory song and this is what
every one ...

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