A family was casually
driving around sightseeing on their vacation. It was a warm, clear,
summer day and they were enjoying the breeze coming through the rolled
down windows. Soon the peaceful drive was interrupted when a honeybee
flew through the open windows and buzzed around the car. A young girl,
who was allergic to bee stings, squirmed and shrieked as the bee flew
close to her. She called out, "Daddy, Daddy! It's a bee! It's going to
The father quickly
pulled the car over and began trying to get the bee out of the car.
Unable to do so, and not wanting to anger the bee into accidentally
stinging his daughter, he cornered the bee against the windshield.
Having the bee trapped, he grasped the bee in his hand and waited for
the inevitable sting. Feeling the sharp pain of the sting, he opened his
hand and released the bee out the window. The little girl began
panicking again, "Daddy, it's going to fly back here again and sting
The father gently
responded, "No honey, she can't sting you now. Look at my hand."
In his hand was the bee's stinger. *
Consider carefully the
words of 1 Corinthians 15: “O Death, where is your sting?
O Grave, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the
strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (vs. 55-57).
“The sting of
death is sin,” because sin separates us from
God (Isaiah 59:1-2) and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
took the sting of death away for us because He endured the “sting” for
us! “He himself bore our sins in his body on
the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by
his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Through Jesus, we can
be “healed” of (saved from) our sins (the sting of death) and receive
the gift of eternal LIFE! “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift
of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Jesus will provide
salvation and life to those who will place their
and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31),
from sin in
men (Romans 10:9-10), and be
(immersed) into Christ so that His blood can wash away our sins (Acts
Christian, one does not have to fear death
(see Hebrews 2:14-15), because Jesus has taken
the sting away by dying on the cross for our sins.
“Thanks be to
God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”
YOU accept His offer of
David A. Sargent,
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
* From “BEE
STING” by Brett Petrillo in Daily Bread (4/13/12), an e-mail
ministry of the Bear Valley church of Christ in Denver, CO. See
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