1 Corinthians 15:50-58
I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory.""Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
I don't 'preach' very often on this blog, but all that I do and share here is rooted in God whether I talk about it or not. This sermon about heaven and eternity really hit me so hard, I had to share. I have been thinking about these verses all week- about the promise of NEW life, a new body and an eternity in complete peace with God--just as we were intended to be. We will have perfect bodies, no pain, no struggle. Thank you, Lord, that you have overcome death so that we don't have to suffer any longer. I am encouraged to keep pressing on, standing firm, and trusting in the hope given through the Lord.