1 Corinthians 15:55-58
O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?…
In common with hundreds of others, I visited some time ago the garden of a Mr. C — to see a century-plant which was in bloom. Within a few weeks it shot up from a moderate-sized shrub to a stalk thirty feet high; it sent forth two dozen branches, on the ends of which were several hundreds of minute yellow flowers. That aloe-plant has been in Mr. C — 's garden for many a long year, but it never attracted my attention before. In a few days the brief blossoms dropped off, and then for another century it has sunk again into insignificance. But the neighbouring geraniums and rose-bushes which flower out every season are worth an army of periodical monsters which can be admired only once in a lifetime. There are too many Church members who are like that aloe: their everyday appearance is very unattractive, and it is only on very rare and extraordinary occasions that they show any blossoms of godliness. This world will not be converted by century-plant Christians any sooner than the skies will be steadily lighted by comets.
Parallel VersesKJV: O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?