National Day of Prayer, May 5, 2016 - A special heartfelt thanks to all the many hands and hearts that came together to make this year's NDP event so special! This year, The King's Table partnered with The Highlands Christian Fellowship, Crosswind Community Church and some local corporate sponsors to host the event. An 8-member panel made up of Christian men and women from our city, took the stage to share what God can do with ordinary people with a willing heart. To read more about this year's panel of community leaders and how to contact them, please click here. To read the AV Press story covering the morning, please click here.
"O Death, where is your sting?
O Death, where is your victory?" (1Corinthians 15:55)
A little boy crawled up onto his mama's lap one hot, summer day. Just sitting there loving mama, and mama loving him, when suddenly the little fellow became afraid and pulled closer to his mama. His mother said, "What's the matter, son?" And the little boy said, "Oh, Mama, look at that bumble bee! Look at that bumble bee buzzing all around me. Mama, Mama, I'm afraid of that bumble bee." She said, "Aw, Son, you don't have to be afraid of that bumble bee." "Well, Mama, that bumble bee will sting me." "No, no, son, that bumble bee won't sting you, you don't have to be afraid." "Why not, Mama?" Gently, Mama opened her hand and she showed it to her little boy. In her hand she pulled out a stinger and said, "Son, you don't have to be afraid of that bumble bee, that bumble bee has already stung your mama and it can't sting you. I've got the stinger."
This is just a story but the message behind it is what this verse is saying - "O death, where is your sting?..." In the original language, the word has to do with the sting of a bee, or a poisonous serpent or snake. In the truest sense, when death plunged it's stinger into Christ on the cross, it left it's stinger there. Christ bore the whole sting of death for us, so that death would have no sting for those who receive Him. It is still an enemy, it still buzzes around and makes you dodge a lot, but it can't sting any more. It left it's stinger in Jesus Christ.
"The sting of death is sin" (1Cor 15:56). Jesus took that sting for us. For those of us who have accepted that free gift, the penalty for our sin has been paid and death no longer has a sting. Death is real, hell is real. If you have yet to receive that free gift that Jesus offers, my prayer is that you pause now, and like every one of us, admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior, ask for forgiveness, and receive the free gift of salvation. Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20) If He is knocking on the door of your heart, I pray you will open it and let Him in and know the gift of life He offers.
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