I was sitting at home last Friday and I ended up writing, in the notes in my phone, “death has power”. Now, I don’t know who this is for but somebody needs to be reminded on today that death is not the end even though it’s all we see. I know you’re probably wondering how death can have power when you saw the casket of your loved one being lowered in the ground or you just left the funeral home making arrangements or you’re sitting next to their bedside reading this and the doctor has said death can come at any moment. I know you’re wracking your brain trying to figure out how death can have power when it shows up without a moment’s notice, rocking your world and not for the good. I know you’re questioning the audacity of death’s power when it can snatch the breath out of your lungs, tears from your eyes, beats from your heart and even steps from your walk…. How can death have power?
Well, it’s actually quite simple. Yea, see the enemy wants us to believe that death is the end, the finale, the last curtain call, that the fat lady has sung but baby when you’re in God, when you’re of God, dying has power! I know that losing momma is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to endure. I know that no parent ever wants to bury a child, no sibling ever wants to lose a sibling, it’s difficult to say goodbye to a cousin, niece or friend but there is power in death. See, all we know is the fact that there is no more on this side, that they are no longer here for us to see but 2 Corinthians 5:8 says, “Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.” For when our loved ones are absent from this side it means they are present with the Lord – see death has power! When you are a child of the King and you leave this world, you are present with the Lord – death has power. When you know whose you are and you leave this world, you have a place to go – death has power! I won’t say death is easy, it’s not because although death has its power, it also leaves behind pain but death is a way we all have to go for the bible says that flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven. But 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 sums it up this way… “But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” So, you see … Death has power! Power to live again! Whoever you are facing whatever you are going through at this very moment, take comfort in knowing that death has its power, for in God to be absent from this side is to be present with the Lord.