1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 50, 57 Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. . . These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever. . . But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our beloved friend Sharon died last night. The last few weeks before she died, she listened often to “No More Night” sung by David Phelps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iPIi7sunEU
The pain is sharp. The grief of her family is deep and will take a long time to heal. The coming days, weeks, months, and years will be tough.
I’ve been there. Maybe you have too. After Karis died, it took me about five years before I felt significant relief from the hurt of that loss.
At the same time, I have a bright vision of Sharon radiant now, healed, flooded with light and joy. A friend told me, “I feel jealous of Sharon. I wonder how long it will be until I get there, face to face with Jesus.” I believe it’s only a matter of time until I see Sharon again.
Only Jesus can take brokenness and transform it into glory.
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1 Co 15 and what happens at death has got to be one of the biggest “But God’s” in the Bible. Death is Satan’s trump card, his final overwhelming and undefeatable strategy. How incredibly frustrated he must be to know that for the children of God, death only ushers them into glory. At the same time, we need to take more seriously, that it ushers others into the opposite. Lord, help us in sharing Your Good News. Books like Surprise the World by Michael Frost and God Space (Where spiritual conversations happen naturally) by Doug Pollock are a tremendous help. People are going to hell, BUT GOD…!