I received a lot of feedback from yesterday’s post. It would seem that looking forward to Jesus’ return is something many of us enjoy. I spent some time writing on this not that long ago, so I won’t dig deep into it again other than to put out a couple more passages for the next, great prophetic event to unfold.
1 Corinthians 15:50-57 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where 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 Thessalonians 4:13-18 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Just this morning, I was thinking about how my body is getting old. Believe it or not, so is yours! Isn’t it exciting to know that one day we will be given new bodies that will last forever and not wear out? I wonder what that will be like. Will I be strong as an ox and fit as a fiddle as when I was in my late teens and early twenties? Will any of that type of thing matter? Probably not in the way it once did. Back then, I used my body to attract the opposite sex. That led me to all sorts of temptation and sin. No, there won’t be any of that. Will I have a need to be strong just for the sake of physical need? Maybe. We will all work in the kingdom, as Adam did. Who knows what God will have us do? God seems to have me wired for certain things here on earth. Perhaps he will have me do something like that. Who knows! One thing we know for sure is that we will enjoy it!
Dream a little, folks! Sure, it’s one thing to dream about a vacation or things like that, but intentionally spend time dreaming about our true home, the one Jesus is preparing for us – even as you read these words! Certainly, we spend plenty of time dreaming of the day we can retire from work. Those years will come and go faster than we can imagine. Instead, focus your attention on heaven.
Jesus is coming. Soon. Can you feel it in the air?
Come, Lord Jesus!
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