Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In the Resurrection Scheme of Things

[adorable little packages tied up in string sent to me by my amazing friend & cousin, Sharon]

"...let me tell you something wonderful, 
a mystery I'll probably never fully understand. 

We're not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. 
You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, 
and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—
it's over. 
On signal from that trumpet from heaven, 
the dead will be up and out of their graves, 
beyond the reach of death, 
never to die again. 

At the same moment 
and in the same way, 
we'll all be changed. 

In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: 
everything perishable taken off the shelves 
and replaced by the imperishable, 
this mortal 
by the immortal. 

Then the saying will come true: 

   'Death swallowed by triumphant Life! 
   Who got the last word, oh, Death? 
   Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now?'

It was sin that made death so frightening 
and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, 
its destructive power. 

But now 
in a single 
stroke of Life, 
all three
—sin, guilt, death—
are gone, 
the gift of our Master, 
Jesus Christ. 

Thank God!

With all this going for us, 
my dear, dear friends, 
stand your ground. 

And don't hold back. 

Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, 
you do for him 
is a waste of time 
or effort."

- I Cor. 15:51-58, The Message


Anonymous said...

Those words are powerful, reminding me that this reality is building to a truer reality. Thank you for sharing them. What a great gift from Sharon! - Carla

Shari Zook said...

That picture is AMAZING, especially coupled with those verses of scripture. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful!!