“Looking for That New Body”
I remember when I could (well at least I thought I could) do anything.
What a feeling of accomplishment.
I am not athletic.
I played a lot of softball.
I was the catcher.
I determined to be the best catcher out there. (I was okay, but not the best)
I remember when I turned thirty.
I could still do a lot, but I noticed my running was not as fast.
(It was never very fast, but it had definitely slowed.
As I have continued aging, I find there is more and more that I used to do easily that is not easy anymore.
Please read the following verses.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.
14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
15 According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.
Just reading these words: that when we have died, we get new bodies or if we are living when Christ calls His Body out of the world, our bodies will be changed into bodies that will never decay or die, encourages me.
I have read that when we die and get these new bodies, we will be like Christ.
Christ was 33 when He died.
I would take back my 33-year-old body if I could.
I do not know about you, but I cannot wait to get my new and improved body.
With this body, I will enjoy life forever with Christ.
Now that folks, is encouraging.