FRIDAY August 10, 2018
Our Hope of Heaven
So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
1 Corinthians 15:42-43
Paul explained to the Corinthians that once a person dies, their body will go back into the earth and decay. It is corruptible. However, our bodies will be raised in glory. There was hope given to them of a brand new, beautiful, perfect body without any disease! Understand, our spirits are eternal––living forever in a glorified body.
I have seen many elderly people, those who do not know the Lord, lose hope. They just sit in their chairs, not even watching television. They lie on their beds early in the evening just thinking and contemplating. Think of the torture in their minds as they endure life without Christ.
As Christians, we need to prepare for whatever illness may come. We must never allow the enemy––Satan––to place doubts about the resurrection in our minds. Believers in Christ should be excited because they have an eternal hope. They should wait for death with great anticipation, because they know they will be with Christ in heaven. One day we will have a glorified body. In heaven there will be no more pain, tears, sorrow or death (Revelation 21:4).
How different things will be for those who reject Christ. I think of all my family that did not receive Jesus Christ as their Savior; I will never see them again. Those who go to hell will remember everything. They will be able to think back to the time when they rejected Jesus Christ––they did not believe in Him. People will be able to look back with regret on everything they did forever and ever––but not us.
Beyond this vale of tears there is a life above; unmeasured by the flight of years, and all that life is love.
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