Facing Death with Rising Hope

Overview

There is a strange silence surrounding the subject of death in our day.  Our most clever people and outspoken commentators rarely broach the subject.  When in fact the subject is raised in conversation the usual response for most is to desperately try and cover up their fears and mitigate their emptiness of hope or understanding on the subject.  Indeed, most are probably asking "when is it my turn?"  

Why all the silence on the subject of death?  Has not the wisest man to ever lived, Solomon, said "for death is the destiny of every person"?  Should it not be true that in order to know how to live right we need to first settle the questions of death? ...  What does death mean?  What is its use? How do I live my life today in relation to death Is there hope?

On Sunday when we once again take up the subject of the resurrection (Christ's and ours who are in Him), in studying 1 Corinthians 15:35-58, it is these questions that we will seek to answer (at least in part).  

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Take a few minutes to read through 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 if you can. Below is a excerpt:

54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:“ Death is swallowed up in victory.”55 “O death, where is your victory?
 O death, where is your sting? ”56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
— 1 Corinthians 15:54-58

Think it Through

It has been said that the ultimate separator of people is not rich and poor, black or white, educated or not - it is those who face their death with the hope found in the Gospel and those who do not.  

Question

How is our popular culture today grappling with the subject of death?  Cite some examples if you can as you comment below.

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