When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." (1 Corinthians 15:54 NRSV)

I enjoyed the story of a man named Fred Abernathy who was a devoted reader of the obituary column of his local newspaper. All of Fred's friends knew of this habit, so one day they decided to play a trick on him by placing his name and picture in the obituary.

The following morning Fred picked up his newspaper, turned to the obituary page, and there he saw his name, his biography and his photo.

Startled, he went to the telephone and rang up his pal, George. "Listen," he said. "Do you have the morning paper? You do? Please turn to the obituary page. You have? What do you see in the second column?"

There was a pause, then George said, "Holy smoke! It's you, Fred! It's you all right! Listen, where are you calling from?"

Many of us would be startled to see our names in the obituary column too.

But, we can take comfort from knowing that with Christ in our hearts, we will have victory over death.

Jesus says to us in John 14:2-3, "In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also."

Dear God, thank you for giving me victory over death through Jesus Christ. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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