“But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret,” Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthian church, ” We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. 1 Corinthians 15 :51-53 NLT

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This passage always brings to mind the rousing grandeur of Handel’s Messiah, with its inspiring trumpet solos, drum rolls, and the deep voice of a good bass proclaiming the great news. “The dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed!”

God, Who with Jesus Christ His Son has made it possible for men to have a renewed relationship with Himself, has also offered us Eternal Life in His Heavenly Home. But it is not just a continuation of the life we now have; no, we ourselves will be completely changed.

On this earth, our bodies are a marvelous creation of God. In our youth, we rejoice in the health and strength and vigor and athleticism He has given us. As age creeps up on us, however, we find we can’t do all that we once could. And for some, the limitations of their bodies are a cross that they bear throughout this life.  Yet not one of us– the athletic youth, the aging adult, or the infirm– could survive in the glorious Heavenly Kingdom of the resurrection in our current, mortal bodies. To put it another way, Jesus has a wonderful surprise in store for us. Whether we have died or remain alive until His return, whatever our condition at that moment, He has a wonderful, new resurrection body for each of us– a body that will never grow old, never be sick, and never die.

“Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing!”  Isaiah 35:5,6 KJV.

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