A vacationing family drives along in their car, windows rolled down, enjoying the warm summer breeze of the sunny day. All of a sudden a big black bee darts in the window and starts buzzing around inside the car. A little girl, highly allergic to bee stings, cringes in the back seat.
If she is stung, she could die within an hour.
“Oh, Daddy, ” she squeals in terror, “it’s a bee! It’s going to sting me!”
The father pulls the car over to a stop, and reaches back to try to catch the bee. Buzzing towards him, the bee bumps against the front windshield where the father traps it in his fist. Holding it in his closed hand, the father waits for the inevitable sting. The bee stings the father’s hand and in pain, the father lets go of the bee.
The bee is loose in the car again. The little girl again panics, “Daddy, it’s going to sting me!”
The father gently says, “No honey, he’s not going to sting you now. Look at my hand.”
The bee’s stinger is there in his hand.
1 Cor. 15:55-57: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
John 2:20 “And when he had so said, he shewed unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.”
John 20:27 “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.”
the sting of death,
the sting of sin,
the sting of deceit,
the sting of feeling worthless.
Jesus has all of those stingers in His hands.
When you see that nail-scarred hand, realize that, on your behalf, Jesus took all the pain that the world could throw at Him. He reduced satan and his followers to a big black bee that has lost its stinger–all satan and his people can do is buzz.
That’s the victory that Jesus won for you! 1 John 5:5 “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” HAVE FAITH IN GOD!
Romans 8:36-37 “As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
It pays to keep Jesus’ saying: John 8:51 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.”