"What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever. But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed." (NLT) - 1 Corinthians 15:50-51
This life is truly a short journey, merely preparing the way for something greater. If we could just get that idea into our hearts and minds our perspectives will dramatically change
When Paul got it, a great mystery had been solved.
The meaning of the Resurrection hit him. Flesh and blood cannot inherit a spiritual kingdom. We can't move into a perfect realm in our current state of being. Our perishable, corruptible bodies have to move into an imperishable, incorruptible state. Our mortal lives have to be transformed into immortality.
That's when Paul said (and you can almost hear the excitement in his voice), "Death shall be swallowed up in victory!" He went on to cry exultantly, "Death, where is your sting? Where is your victory?"
The purpose for Jesus' death was clear now!
He couldn't wait to tell others.
It really is good news!
For me, after the loss of people I love, this was a wonderful revelation. When I, like Paul, finally grasped the power of the Resurrection, life took on new meaning.
I don't know if anyone has ever described he transition from this life to the next better than C.S. Lewis in the closing paragraphs of the Chronicles of Narnia.
Aslan the lion, who symbolizes Jesus, has just told the children in the story that they have been in a railway accident. "You father and mother and all of you are—as you used to call it in the Shadow-Lands—dead...the dream has ended; this is morning."
Lewis continues, "For them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world...had only been the cover and title page; now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read; which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before."
Jesus taught us, "I am the way, the truth and the light." He also said, "I am the light of the world."
He is the way—the only way—to heaven. He is the truth that exposed death as a powerless, defeated enemy. He is the light that can push away he clouds. In Him we can be free of fear. In Him we can find the peace that passes understanding. In Him we can truly live.
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