It is hard to read through the Bible and not come to the realization that God’s story is filled with death. It begins with the death of Adam and Eve and it continues with endless bloodshed through the prophets and kings. And if we neglect to rightly speak of the resurrection of Jesus we will view the Christian life as one shaped by death.The way the Apostle Paul deals with this is to use the terms death and resurrection” almost interchangeably. You can be certain that when Paul speaks of Jesus’ death he is implying his resurrection, and when he speaks of the resurrection he is implying the finished work of Jesus in death. This is how we are to view the gospel message. Though the Bible speaks much about death, it is with the assurance that it is not final; that God has in good pleasure and mercy rescued us in the Resurrection of the Son of God.
Prayer: Almighty God,
by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ,
you have broken the power of death
and brought life and immortality to light;
grant that we who have been raised with him
may triumph over all temptation
and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory;
through him who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.