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 Him. 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 entire universe with life and love. He gave His life forms the power to procreate and with that, life and love exponentially grew in leaps and bounds.

Then death entered creation. Death is not only opposed to life and love, death’s intention is to terminate it. Something had to be done; and just like that an epic battle began.

At the end of this age, God is going to eliminate death. The precursor to death’s elimination is Jesus’ resurrection on Easter morning. The tombstone was rolled away as He emerged victoriously from the grave. His resurrection has 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.”

We are still very much affected by death. And yet, despite its ongoing devastation death is like a mortally wounded warrior. 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. – Praise the Lord!

When the tides have turned against us and life’s ferocious waves want to drag us down we need to remember the end of God’s story. We need to remember who has won.

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