Scripture reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18
Key verse: 1 Thessalonians 4:16
The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Did you know that when Jesus comes back, you’ll get a new body? It’s true; in a flash, in the “twinkling of an eye,” you will receive a new body, a special and fresh creation of God (1 Cor. 15:52). If you’re frustrated with physical problems right now, imagine the liberating feeling of a restored body.
Christian author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada, paralyzed as a teen in a diving accident, talks about some of her physical and spiritual struggles in her book, Heaven. She explains how her suffering today prepares her heart all the more for that glorious day, the moment when she can look her Savior in the face.
Surprisingly, though, she doesn’t want to forget her infirmities here:
I wish I could take my big old, tattered wheelchair to heaven. I would stand up in my new, strong, bright, beautiful, glorified body—brilliant and powerful and full of splendor—and I would point to the empty seat and say, “Lord, for decades I was paralyzed in that thing, but it showed me in a very small way what it must have felt like to be nailed to a cross. My limitations taught me about the limitations You endured.” Then I might say, “The weaker I felt in this chair, the harder I leaned on You.”
That’s the right way to anticipate the good things that God has ahead for you, in this life and the life to come.
Dear Lord, I am really looking forward to all the things You have prepared for me in the future.