Friday, April 10, 2009

A Conversation with Death on Good Friday (from Desiring God Blog)

A Conversation with Death on Good Friday
Posted: 10 Apr 2009
(Author: John Piper)

Hello, Death, my old enemy. My old slave-master. Have you come to talk to me again? To frighten me?

I am not the person you think I am. I am not the one you used to talk to. Something has happened. Let me ask you a question, Death.
Where is your sting?

DEATH, sneeringly:
My sting is your sin.

I know that, Death. But that's not what I asked you. I asked, where is your sting? I know what it is. But tell me where it is.Why are you fidgeting, Death? Why are you looking away? Why are you turning to go? Wait, Death, you have not answered my question. Where is your sting?
Where is, my sin?What? You have no answer? But, Death, why do you have no answer? How will you terrify me, if you have no answer?

O Death, I will tell you the answer.
Where is your sting? Where is my sin?
It is hanging on that tree. God made Christ to be sin—my sin. When he died, the penalty of my sin was paid. The power of it was broken. I bear it no more.Farewell, Death.
You need not show up here again to frighten me. God will tell you when to come next time.
And when you come, you will be his servant. For me, you will have no sting.

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)


Ally said...

Thank you for sharing! I have heard it put this way before and it was truly amazing!

Noel said...

I always love John Piper. thanks for posting. I also LOVE Napa! My Dh and I spent a week there last year. It was so amazing! I'm glad you had fun.

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