54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Cor 15:54-58
Paul writes here an encouragement, after talking about the centrality to the bodily ressurection of Jesus he begins to discuss the bodily resurrection of the believers. Every single person will receive a new body, where the stain and touch of sin and death will no longer be present. Whilst the sting of death and can still be felt, we hold on to the now but not yet victory we claim in Jesus – that one day there will be no more pain and suffering, we have this hope that the presence of sickness, death and suffering is just the reminder that God is not finished yet.
What we believe about our future will define how we choose to live in the present. Where we believe we are heading will define how we live out our immediate life. This is why we must keep our future hope of the resurrection central to our belief, it means we wade through suffering with the knowledge and joy that this will not be our end, that God is not finished yet. Where do you place your hope today?\
Jesus, continually remind me of the way in which you have given us a future hope that the suffering in this world cannot take away, Lord we love you and need you to remind us of your finished work on the cross every day! Thankyou for the power and message of the resurrection and empty tomb!