The Death of Death
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.
Romans 6:8

John Owen, a Puritan theologian in seventeenth-century England, has been called the “theologian’s theologian” because of the depth and breadth of his writings and teachings. The title of one of his most famous books hints at a profound theological truth: The Death of Death in the Death of Christ.

The apostle Paul was likely the source of Owen’s catchy title, having written that: “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54, quoting Isaiah 25:8). He continued: “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55, quoting Hosea 13:14). When Christ died, death was the victor. But then came the Resurrection three days later and death was defeated! We can shout with Paul, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [over death] through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). The Resurrection of Jesus is why those who believe in Him should never fear death. The Resurrection of Jesus took the “sting” (the fear) out of death.

Give thanks to God today that there is eternal victory even in the face of physical death for those who belong to Christ.

There is a resurrection after death. Let this never be forgotten.
J. C. Ryl

Cory Bursey

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