1 John 4:10: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

What is love? And the answer is: God is love.

It is easy to forget who takes center stage, especially when that someone is invisible to the naked eye. – And yet, everything we see comes from the invisible God. He endowed creation with the ability to procreate; and so life spread out, growing in leaps and bounds.

God knows no beginning and no end; He was here first and logically, so was His love. Like a candle lights another candle, He lit up the world with life and love. When the first sin was committed death entered creation. The effects of sin are devastating to the entire universe because it destroys what God made. Nature suffers. People suffer. Something had to be done; and just like that an epic battle began.

Jesus died on the cross to atone for all sins. And by doing so He conquered death. The tombstone was rolled away when He emerged victoriously from the grave on Easter morning. His resurrection changed everything.

The Lord’s future victory celebration is depicted in the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 25:6-8a):

“6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
    a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
    the best of meats and the finest of wines.
7 On this mountain he will destroy
    the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
8     he will swallow up death forever.”

Ironically, death itself will be terminated. This is an amazing piece of information to think about. There will be an actual time, a point in history when death is forever gone. The shroud that covers all people will be removed and we will see the Lord in His glory.

Although Jesus atoned for our sins once and for all, death still rules this planet; but despite its ongoing devastation, death is like a mortally wounded warrior. When we get discouraged we need to remember the end of God’s story. Sin kills, but love wins.

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