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String of Pearls 12 - by Michael Phillips
A String of Pearls - Part 12 of 14
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1 Corinthians 15:55
Feb 11, 2004 pm - What do you think of mockery? Of laughing at others, taunting them, and daring them to do something about it? Most of us don't like that. I'd be humiliated if my kids gawked at a handicapped person and made a joke at his expense. When adults do it, it is even worse. Mockery is proud and unkind-it's not sensitive to the feelings of other people and unmindful that one day, the mocker himself will be ripe for mockery. No, mockery is a bad thing. Most of the time. But some things need to be mocked-laughed at, ridiculed, and not taken seriously. And one of them is.death. This is precisely what Paul is doing in our text. He is scorning death and daring it to do something about it! But, of course, death cannot answer him because Christ has "Abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel". Do Christians die? Of course we do! But death has no sting for us and the grave has no victory. The empty tomb of Jesus Christ is your empty tomb (if you belong to Him). Unbelievers fear death-and with good reason. It is the curse of God and leads them to The Second Death. But it's not that way for Christians. Now we are dying-even young and healthy believers are dying. But ... More >>>

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