Revelation Day 58 - There Will Be No More Death

DAY 58
There Will Be No More Death
1 Corinthians 15:50-57

The third picture at the end of Revelation is RECOVERY. One of the most beautiful parts of this book that’s often read at funerals is Rev. 21:4, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.”

Revelation imagines a total recovery for every Christian and all of creation. Creation is purified and glorified. Evil and decay are gone. We won’t be ghosts floating through clouds. Our bodies are resurrected and glorified to live in the new creation. That’s what this is: a new, redeemed, upgraded version of creation. 

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul the Apostle reflects on our recovery in glory. Some of the Corinthians thought they were already resurrected and should not look for any further change. Like us, they were already sampling recovery because the Holy Spirit was changing them from the inside out. But this was a downpayment, not a replacement, of their future resurrection. This future resurrection is physical. We’ll have bodies, but bodies that are free from wear and tear. Paul’s picture of resurrected life sounds a lot like Jesus’s body in the Gospels after Easter. Paul’s picture syncs up with the final chapters of Revelation. 

Have you ever been sick? Of course, you have. Have you ever been really, really sick? Some of you have. Most of us will be at some point. Sometimes you get so sick you never knew people could get that sick or feel that bad. Remember what it felt like to get better. Remember the relief, the new strength. It almost feels like being a different person. 

This is our hope when we feel the weakness of our bodies. This is our hope when we feel death creeping closer. The end is a new chapter of recovery. We don’t have to fear death.

What do you imagine life without sin or death might be like?

Lord, death wears on us and tears at us. It’s beaten us down. But you’ve beaten death through your death and resurrection! Thank you for the hope of recovery and resurrection. Thank you for victory. Amen.
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