O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your destruction? (v. 14)
These questions were borrowed, reframed, and then proclaimed by Paul in one of most compelling statements of the stunning implications of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is more than just another miracle; it is the fulcrum of the Christian faith. It is the promise that sin and death do not hold ultimate power. Hosea anticipated the glorious truth that Christians hold dear: “Death, where are your plagues? Sheol, where is your destruction?”
The sin that existed in the lives of those to whom Hosea spoke is pointed out throughout the book. Israel’s sins have invoked God’s wrath—a wrath that is capable of annihilating, eliminating, and destroying; a wrath that is deserved by all because all have sinned; a wrath that results in death.
However, in the midst of humanity’s sinfulness with its deadly consequences, Jesus Christ comes to redeem and restore and make new. Through him, Hosea’s questions can sound forth again—this time finally, this time completely.
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55-58
Thank you, God, for Jesus Christ and the power of his resurrection. Amen.