No more jellyfish pix, I promise. But I saw this impressive fella (gal?) in the National Aquarium last week, and with today being Good Friday and all, I figured it couldn’t hurt to take a fresh look at how death lost its sting.
Here’s how 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 breaks it down: Christ died for our sins, he was buried, he rose again, and then he appeared to a whole lot of people. Death, done.
Let’s join our voices with countless saints who have gone before and turn our Friday prayer into a praise today:
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)
Have a glorious Easter!
So we visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore this week. Being from Virginia Beach, I didn’t particularly need to see the jellyfish exhibit. (We get plenty of those every summer, and it’s not like anybody likes them.) But the Robbies were curious, and so we checked ’em out.
And oh my. Floating there in the light, they were…captivating. Beautiful. Exquisite, even.
Which is exactly how God sees us.
We may think we are nothing more than a drifter, a nasty blob that nobody could ever like (okay so maybe you’ve never thought that, but I have). But that’s not what God says. He calls us into his light and says we are chosen, that we belong to him, and that we have a purpose.
Maybe you or someone you know needs to be reminded of that today. If so, here’s how you can pray:
May ______ know that she has been chosen by you, that she is beautiful and holy in your sight. Remind _____ that she is your very own possession. Prompt _____ to show others your goodness, since you called her out of darkness and into your wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9, NLT)