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Love is stronger than anything, even death.

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

I heard TD Jakes deliver this message at Whitney Houston’s funeral.

Death is certain but love is stronger than death.

The first family of Adam and Eve, their son Cain killed his brother Abel. It looked like death had won.

Genesis says that Adam lived 930 years and then he died. It looked like death had won.

Seth lived 912 years, and then he died.

Jared lived 962 years, and then he died.

Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died. It looked like death had won.

Noah survived the Flood but still he died. It looked like death had won.

David was a shepherd, a king and poet who spoke and wrote truth, powerfully and profoundly. A man after God’s own heart. But no matter how close he was to God, still he died. It looked like death had won.

Isaiah was an eagle-eyed prophet – he could see 100’s and 100’s of years away – he wrote of a coming Messiah – but no matter what he believed, still he died. It looked like death had won.

We have seen men and women of faith, and scientists, explorers– the sages of the ages – but no matter how smart and inventive they were, still they died. It looked like death had won.

But the Bible kept saying that love was stronger than death.

Like two wrestlers in a ring, every time they grappled, it looked like death had won.

Then 2,000 years ago, love entered the ring one more time to face Death. Love said, “You’ve been bullying people for a long time and now its time to set the record straight. Love is stronger than death.” They fought all over Jerusalem, in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross. Death wrestled love into the Grave and said, “See. I did to you what I have done to all the rest.”

It looked like Death had won.

Death celebrated…for 3 days. But there was a twist that death didn’t see coming.

Early Sunday morning, Love rolled up his sleeves and said, ‘Wait a minute! Love snatched Death and took the sting out of Death and the victory out of the grave.

Death had not won.

He. 2:14 – “…he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death…”

Death is certain but love is stronger than death.

“He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our inequities. The chastisement of our peace was upon him. By His stripes we are healed!”

Thanks be to God. Thanks to Jesus. God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 43 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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