One of my favorite old sermon illustrations is the story told of a little boy and his father who 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 was 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 this 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.”

Because of what Christ has done for us on the cross we do not need to be afraid of death. Christ has taken the sting out of death and sin. In 1 Corinthians 15:55-56 Paul says “Where O death is your victory, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.” Today we celebrate the fact that Christ rose again and because of his sacrifice on the cross those who are in Christ have been raised to walk with Him.

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