I love the story James Hewett tells of a little boy and his father were driving down a country road on a beautiful spring afternoon. Suddenly out of nowhere a bumblebee flew in the car window. Since the little boy was deathly allergic to bee stings, he became petrified. His father quickly reached out, grabbed the bee, squeezed it in his hand, and then released it. But as soon as he let it go, the young son became frantic once again as it buzzed by the little boy.
The father sensed his son’s terror. Once again, he reached out his hand, but this time he pointed to his other hand. There, stuck in his skin was the stinger of the bee. “You see this?” he asked. “You don’t need to be afraid anymore. I’ve taken the sting for you.”
The Christian does not need to be afraid of death because Christ has taken the sting out of death and sin.
1 Corinthians 15:55-56: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.”
There must be a Death to have a Resurrection. There must be a Cross to have an Empty Tomb. Come join the journey to Easter at Mt. Auburn as we gather during Holy Week on Maundy Thursday (April 18 at 7 p.m.) joining the disciples in the Upper Room and sharing the Lord’s Supper. The next step is Good Friday (April 19 at 7 p.m.) where we join Jesus and all those who gather at the cross. Finally, on Easter at Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. we run with the Disciples to the tomb and find it empty! We will gather at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to celebrate that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ took the sting of sin and death for us and yet, death could not hold Him. We will gather to worship our Living God!