Yesterday was a busy day. On Wednesday afternoon Blondie-butt and I headed down to my mom and dad’s in Wheaton. Then yesterday morning they watched her while I spent some time at church.
Mom asked if we wanted to go to the Christian book store – one of the few still in existence – in town square. What a neat store! Had to get a picture of the best diaper bag I’ve ever seen.
Could it BE any more appropriate? Oh, how I remember those days!
That is an actual verse from 1 Corinthians. Curiosity got the best of me this morning and I had to look up this passage to see what it means.
I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
1 Corinthians 15:50-52
Ah-ha! A secret revealed! A mystery solved! But I can’t stop there.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “DEATH HAS BEEN SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 54-58
Oh man, that never gets old! The victory has been won! Death has no power over us, no hold on us. The simple truth that Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross secured my eternal life still blows my mind. Never. Gets. Old.
It really is that simple. At the moment that Jesus took his last breath as he hung on the cross, my eternal life with Him in His perfect heaven was guaranteed. Locked into place. Immovable. A SURE THING.
My heart hurts so badly for people who have not accepted this amazing gift.
My mom and I often talk about the mystery and delight of heaven. While we were talking on our way to the book store on Wednesday, she shared with me about a friend of hers who took his own life several years ago. Alan didn’t accept Jesus’ gift of eternal life – had not accepted Him as his Savior. One night after his death, his wife Libby was awakened by Alan’s likeness at the foot of her bed. “Wow, Lib,” her husband told her, “And I thought things were bad on earth.”
Is Jesus your Savior? Have you trusted Him for your salvation? Heaven is real and so is hell. And the two could not be more opposite. Jesus wants you in His heaven.
I praise you for your indescribable gift! Thank you for living on earth as a man so that you could provide the ultimate sacrifice – so that your people can spend eternity with you. It blows my mind every time I think about it! Death has been swallowed up in victory! When I die my soul will dwell forever with YOU! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Father, please reveal yourself and your great love to those who don’t know you.
In Jesus’ Name,
Question for you: Have you trusted Jesus for your salvation? Whose salvation are you praying for? Keep praying. He answers those prayers!