02/06/2018

Phil Krouse

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. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

1 Corinthians 15:51-58

This series of verses reminds us that the resurrection changes everything! It reminds us our time on earth is but for a season.

The cross without the resurrection is shattered hope. The man who was supposed to deliver the whole of mankind ended up dying without overthrowing the Roman government. He left His followers alone, but not for long. His resurrection three days later confirmed and fulfilled all that had been spoken of Him from the very dawn of creation. And it fulfills and reveals our hope as well. For as the verse above states, we shall be changed. This life isn’t it. We will only be here for a little while. This is not our home. Let that encourage you today. Speak it over every struggle. Repeat it after every challenge.

When your heart is heavy…we shall be changed.

When sickness overtakes your body…we shall be changed.

When depression threatens your joy…we shall be changed.

When you feel lonely and forgotten…we shall be changed.

If you’ve been abused and neglected…we shall be changed.

When your patience is thin and you determination falters…we shall be changed.

Because Jesus made a way for us…we shall be changed.

Because of Jesus…“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

Hang on, you can make it. And one day, you will be changed!

If you would like to listen to an encouraging song reminding you that a day is coming when you will not have to Fight Anymore, give this one a listen: https://open.spotify.com/track/5cEkusc3gj2K4QDQbAb9Ms?si=lyPk2R3jS_eXwvMnzcxx0g