SOAP – 10/10/16

1 Corinthians 15:51-57 (MSG)

51-57 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:

Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?

It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 MSG

Observation: When Jesus returns it will be instantaneous transformation. Our Earthly bodies will instantly be replaced and we will lose our ability to die. Death will lose it’s power. Fear will lose its grip. Sadness will forever be erased.

Application: Sometimes I fear death. I don’t like what that feels like—a loss of control, and the unknown. I should remind myself that all good things come from God and there should be nothing to fear.

Prayer: God, help me not to fear the future. I will be perfected in you and no more Earthly pain will remain. This is good news!

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