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.1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Have you ever thought about just how astonishing babies and young children are? Infants are able to hold their breath instinctively when placed under water. Babies have flexible bones that make them less likely to suffer serious injury when they fall. Young children grow at an astonishing rate for the first few years of life, growing from microscopic to an 8 or 9 (or 10!) pound child in less than a year. Yes, the human body, and life in general, is an astonishing gift from God!
Today Paul reminds us that the life we have been given in this world – as amazing as it is – has even more potential in the eyes of God. Our current bodies wear out, age and decay. However, God promises that because of the amazing baby of Bethlehem, we will one day be given new, improved, immortal bodies that will never grow tired or weary. They will be bodies with amazing and everlasting new life.
Once again, God changes everything. In the twinkling of an eye, faster than you can say “Merry Christmas”, we will all be changed. And this change will be the greatest thing that has ever happened to us. Paul reminds us that we will be raised from the dead and will be changed to have imperishable bodies. This means we will never die again!
This is the promise of Christmas. This is the reason we celebrate at Christmas. This is the promise of Change we have been waiting and longing for. May you know the promise of the resurrection that was given and guaranteed to you through the new life of Jesus Christ!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that because you came to earth, lived, died, and rose again, I too have future resurrection to look forward to. Thank you for the promised change of an imperishable body! Amen.
Contributed by Pastor Jarod Koenig