I long to see my son and loved ones face to face in heaven. The great hope of the Christian faith is the resurrection made possible by the life, death resurrection and ascension of Jesus.
He is firstfruits of that harvest. Whom I will give thanks to, in person, in a new body, forever.
I will be buried next to my son someday. I want to be laid there so that when the voice of God calls us out of the ground Jacob will be one of the first faces I see.
This is my guaranteed hope.
“You only live once.”
We all likely have coined that phrase in our lifetime at some point.
We have said it but have we ever thought on it? Is it true? Have we truly lived at all?
The world clings to this life because this is all they get. If that were true I would join in the party. Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.
But Jesus is alive and that changes everything for everybody, and I literally mean every body.
A box or an urn is not going to be anybody’s final resting place. We will all meet Jesus face to face. With a real face, with a real body resurrected for a real and eternal existence.
Yes, you will be resurrected. What does that look like?
Listen to the words of Jesus.
28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice
29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. – John 5:28-29
Jesus is Lord. Yes, he is our King even if you haven’t bowed your knee to him in this life.
We all will bow with a real knee and we will all confess with a real tongue whether it is now or later is up to us. I choose now.
He died and was raised so we could live. He is worthy.
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11
You only live once? Maybe you never lived at all.
What form will you take, and where will you and your eternal resurrected body be?
The great hope of the Christian is this, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”- 1 Corinthians 15:52
Serious matters that demand serious consideration. Choose wisely and live my friends.