Would it surprise you if I told you there is sarcasm in sacred Scripture? Well, get ready for some supernatural sarcasm that will bless your heart today!
The dictionary definition of the word sarcasm is: “The use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say, especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny.
What I am about to share with you is, perhaps, the most striking example of sarcasm I have ever heard, especially when it is understood in its proper context. And it comes from the pen of the apostle Paul!
Where, O death, is your sting? Where, O grave, is your victory? 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)
Isn’t the sarcasm almost palpable? The most feared enemy of all men and women—death itself, an enemy we all must face one day—has been crushed under the heel of the Lamb of God, who has utterly destroyed death (2 Timothy 1:10). Paul’s pen is dripping with divine derision and disdain directed at the devil, because our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered the grave. Paul actually seems to be taunting death!
O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?
These are not questions Paul is asking with any expectation of receiving an answer. This is supernatural scorn and sarcasm at its finest. For all those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ, death has utterly lost its sting. It is simply a stepping stone into glory! The grave has lost its victory, having been defeated by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, who has broken, once-for-all, the bonds of death. When a dead man got up and walked out of His grave, this was the death of death . . . period!
The disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden brought death to us all, and even to all of creation. But God the Father sent His only begotten Son to become the death of death and to swallow up the grave.
In the course of my pastoral ministry, I have stood over many open graves and alongside many broken hearts, but those who are in Christ do not grieve as those who have no hope. We know that Jesus Christ uttered the last word over sin, death, and the grave: “It is finished!” Everything changed on that first Easter morning, because Jesus did exactly what He promised He would do: He rose from the dead, and, in so doing, He paved the way for all those who trust in Him alone for eternal life.
May Paul’s supernatural sarcasm strengthen your walk with Christ, knowing that He is walking beside you every step of the way into glory!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!