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Volleyball, a bee and Paul

>Playing volleyball is one of the few things I can do consistently in my schedule. Every Saturday I head to Mission Beach or the areas close to it and pick games up where I can, play with other volleyball friends or in tournaments. I think one gets the idea, Saturday is a volleyball day.

Couple of weeks ago, my son was with me. I was coaching him through the fundamentals of bumping, setting, etc. Then I felt my toe increase in sharp pain and I knew I had been stung. Frustrated and perhaps annoyed more than anything I sat down to try to find the stinger and pull it out carefully.

My son comes over to see what’s going and we saw the little bee wiggling in the grass. Crouched over it he peers down on it and says “Can I pick it up?” As everyone knows, once the bee stings you the bee will die and this was obvious as his bee guts were oozing out the spot where his stinger just was. I replied “Sure, he already stung me he won’t hurt you.” My son stops before reaching down to pick it up and looks up at me and says “Like Jesus?” It took me a bit to put into context what he spoke of but I quickly remembered and said “Yeah like that”

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.”[g]
55″Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”[h] 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Cor 15:54-57

Friends, for the believer the sting of death has been removed by Christ. He has taken the sting of death for us. He has taken the perfect wrath of the Father for us and when we put our faith and hope in Him and repent of our sins we are saved. We are saved from the wrath that abides on us continually and the sting of death.

 

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