“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.” Isaiah 25.8
The more that I read in the Bible about the things that Christ accomplished on the cross, the more I am in awe of God’s unconditional unending love for us.
Look at this first phrase: “He will swallow up death in victory … ” Can we grasp the significance of death being swallowed in victory? That is the truth that enables us to stand beside an open grave with the closed casket and know that once the casket in lowered in the ground, it is NOT the final goodbye.
We stand there often, with tears in our ewes, not because our faith is faltering, but because our emotions are struggling with the absence of our loved one. But then we read: “and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces … ” God doesn’t tell us not to cry, but simply after we have cried, He will wipe away our tears. God understands our emotions – after all, He is the One who made us the way we are.
The next phrase is spoken to His people, Israel. But the last phrase is important for us too: “the LORD hath spoken it.” How do I know these things are true? “the LORD hath spoken it.” God never makes a promise He cannot keep or will not keep.
As we contemplate tomorrow – Easter Sunday, let’s include in our thoughts the many truths that God has spoken to us about Christ’s victory over death on the cross. When most of us as Christians think about death, our big question is “will it hurt?” But focus not on the MANNER of death but focus on that which lies beyond what ever that manner is to what lies beyond that “valley of the shadow” … ETERNITY with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah! Just my thoughts …