Growing My Anticipation
In a Flash
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
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.
I like the way the Apostle Paul starts in our key verses: “Listen, I tell you a mystery…” Indeed, our eternity is a mystery that we will never fully understand, but the Bible gives us just enough information to anticipate it with great joy! Let’s close out the month by growing our excitement about our future.
First, Paul reminds us that not all will “sleep.” In other words, not everyone will face a physical death. There will be a generation that will be living when Jesus comes back. This generation of believers will simply change into “new bodies” and go into a new eternal, timeless world!
The second truth Paul writes about is in the timing of this event. He tells us that it will happen “in a flash.” We must be ready! We must be living now in anticipation of that moment. Jesus told the story of the ten virgins, in Matthew 25, affirming this truth of the “sudden” coming of this new age. We are told to keep our hearts full of God’s love and our lives free of the impurities of this sinful world! There will be no time for last minute preparation!
Thirdly, it will be a “loud” event! A trumpet will sound. You will hear it; everyone will hear it. It will surprise many, but we must be anticipating this sound. If you pray the Lord’s Prayer daily, as I do, the phrase: “Your kingdom come” will help remind you to think about your inheritance and rejoice! Remember, a mature Christ follower is one who lives in anticipation!
Father, may your kingdom come. Even so, Lord Jesus, come! Thank you for the hope of our eternal life in and with you. In Jesus’ Name, amen.