Monday, April 13, 2009

conversation with death

I ran across this “Conversation with Death” on John Piper’s blog last week.

I haven’t stopped thinking about it. It is SO good!



Hello, Death, my old enemy. My old slave-master. Have you come to talk to me again? To frighten me?
I am not the person you think I am. I am not the one you used to talk to. Something has happened. Let me ask you a question, Death.
Where is your sting?

DEATH, sneeringly:

My sting is your sin.


I know that, Death. But that’s not what I asked you. I asked, where is your sting? I know what it is. But tell me where it is.

Why are you fidgeting, Death? Why are you looking away? Why are you turning to go? Wait, Death, you have not answered my question. Where is your sting?
Where is, my sin?

What? You have no answer? But, Death, why do you have no answer? How will you terrify me, if you have no answer?
O Death, I will tell you the answer. Where is your sting? Where is my sin? It is hanging on that tree. God made Christ to be sin—my sin. When he died, the penalty of my sin was paid. The power of it was broken. I bear it no more.

Farewell, Death. You need not show up here again to frighten me. God will tell you when to come next time. And when you come, you will be His servant. For me, you will have no sting.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57
"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.


I really love that last line of the conversation. It reminds me of something that Beth Moore said in the Bible study I recently did, “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things”.

She was talking about the sifting of Peter…

Luke 22:31-32
"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."

Beth Moore writes…

“Satan had a sieve. Christ had a purpose. The two collided. Satan got used.”

Oh ya, that makes me want to jump up and down…I love it when Satan gets used!!
For the Glory of our God!!


    ps John Piper rocks.

  2. I'm with you, Steph...YAY JESUS!!!
    (and ya, John Piper totally rocks! :)

  3. Wow, girl that was powerful. I'm with Steph, can I put this on my blog too? No worries, I will put a link to you, sweet sister. Wow, you rock.