Westside Baptist Church of York  
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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

“The sting of death is sin ….”
I Corinthians 15:56

Death, like a bee or scorpion, often stings. As we all know, a sting inflicts hurt, pain, and misery. To be stung is to be put into a condition of suffering. When many people die they enter into a condition of endless suffering. Death is often viewed as a release from suffering, and truly all bodily pain and suffering does cease at death. But sadly, for many, death is an introduction to a state of misery and suffering to the spirit. And for such people, the condition only becomes worse at the day of resurrection when their resurrected bodies must also enter into the agonies of eternity -- Jesus said there would be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” This wretched condition, this sting of death, is caused by sin -- unrepented, unforsaken, unconfessed sin, hence, unforgiven sin. Death is so hurtful to so many because they die in their sins. They have not been reconciled to God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His righteousness. If they had repented of their sins, if they had trusted in the death and righteousness of Christ to save them from their sins, death would have no sting, no hurt, no harm for them--but rather fullness of joy. A believer in Jesus can say, “to me to live is Christ and to die is gain…to depart and be with Christ is far better.” “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” But hear the words of Jesus: “if you do not believe that I am He, (the Messiah, God’s chosenSavior of sinners), you will die in your sins.” Christ endured the sting of death for all believers. He endured the punishment of their sins. Death can harm no believer for the sting against them was lost in Jesus’ corpse. Dear reader, you must not die in your sins.



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