Where is your sting?

You may have heard of the explosion that rocked Lahore, Pakistan, yesterday. Having grown up in that part of the world, it hits pretty close to home for me.

The sad thing is that it isn’t even an unusual occurrence. The sad thing is how, well – mundane – these blasts have become in the region. How often I feel a buzz and look down at my wrist to see yet another news alert with yet another body count. And I have to wonder at just how detached I’ve become. I look down and all I see are numbers. Maybe it’s a defense mechanism. If every one took an emotional toll it’d be too much. But then once in a while, something makes me take a step back and feel that emotional reaction to the evil and tragedy of it all. And it breaks my heart.

And yesterday it hit harder than it has in a while. Because yesterday those buzzes on my wrist came literally as we were singing that Christ has risen, that he is victorious over death. That he brings light to the darkness. While out there in the world it’s as dark as ever, and death is still very, very real.

I feel like there should be some takeaway or something, but I got nothing. The thing is, this is where we are right now. On the one hand we proclaim Jesus’ resurrection and victory over the evil one and death itself, and on the other we’re still waiting for the final, utter vanquishing of evil, and for the restoration of creation to be completed. And until then we live in a world where a bomb will kill dozens even as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

So as I stood in that auditorium yesterday, as the alerts came in with the climbing death toll, I sang through the tears that were welling up, “You give life, you are love, you bring light to the darkness.” And I sang it praying that his light would pierce through the darkness hanging over Lahore right now.

Because as dark as it seems right now, the darkest day in history was that Saturday two thousand years ago. But when all hope seemed lost, Jesus came back. And the very thing that seemed to have beaten him is what clinched his victory. So we celebrate that victory, we proclaim it and live in it, even in the face of unspeakable evil. God’s light is breaking through the darkness, and we are carrying it, knowing victory is ours.

Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?

1 Corinthians 15:54-55

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6 thoughts on “Where is your sting?

  1. Thanks Sean, it’s hard breaking through the mundane feelings and making sense of the madness in Pakistan (and all over the world). You put it into words very well. Thanks for shining some hope.

  2. Well stated. Only through Christ’s gift of salvation and God’s love do we have hope in this fallen world. Thus we can sing our songs of praise.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts and giving us something to reflect on. Another catastrophe that has been taking place are the natural causes with these huge and devasting earthquakes and distuctive weather patterns, which cause distruction of property and lives. I have a sense when devastation comes from the sky that our God Almighty is trying to get people everywhere to pay attention and set our minds toward Him our Creator. Do you suppose the great spiritual revival will, if it hasn’t begun already, wake the world up? God bless you, Sean. Bettie Chaplin in NJ.

  3. Well said young soul who is one with the Ancient of Days,….You gave our hearts a voice. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome (comprehended) it.”
    ( John 1:5 ). It’s a comfort to know that the Light of our Savior will never be extinguished…the way, the truth, and the light of all men that we may come to a saving knowledge of faith through Christ. Thank You for the encouragement of your faith in
    Him ! Praise God….
    His Peace and Blessing to You Always….

  4. Sean, you don’t know me, but the last time I heard anything from you, you were a little one living with your parents in a Duncanville, TX dorm room…oh so long ago. It is great to see you embrace your faith in such a real way. May the Lord bless you in everything you put your hand and heart to.

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