I got up this morning and took a look in the mirror and noticed a few more grew hairs in the beard a couple more wrinkles around the eyes and a few less hairs on the mountain peak. It takes a bit more effort to get out of the chair, I grunt sitting down and getting out of bed sounds like a bowl of Rice Krispies when you pour the milk on; snap, crackle, pop! When reading the newspaper, it rather looks like I am playing a trombone and people tend to have to repeat themselves more and more because I am either not paying attention or I can’t hear them. Afternoon scheduling must include a nap time and staying up late means going to bed at 10:00pm. This getting old is for the birds but I tell you the truth, one day this will all come to an end. Yes, there are two things that are assured, death and taxes but death is not the end but rather the new beginning for those who declare Christ as Saviour. You see, Jesus went to the grave, He faced the darkness and He conquered death. On the third day He arose and with that came the fulfillment of the promise, that through Christ we will be with Him in eternity one day. Paul wrote this inspired letter to the church in Corinth:
What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.
But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. 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.
Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Cor 15:50-58 NLT
Our bodies may grow old and weary but every day we grow in the Lord, our souls remain strong and vibrant because the Holy Spirit is with us, filling us to overflowing and giving us a renewed strength as we reach for the eternal prize, eternity in Glory with the great Adonai! I have sat beside some of the greatest faith warriors I have ever known as they come against the wall of mortal life. The body may be failing but their faith is still strong as ever and they face this obstacle with the knowledge and joy knowing the Saviour paved the way for them and they face the new journey with anticipation.
We will be gathering Sunday at 10:30 to hear a wonderful message from Rev Bob Hillock. Services will also be broadcast online (see links below) or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 402 Main Avenue W in Sundre, AB.
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