Family Bible Study lesson for June 26: The Best is Yet to Be : Friday, June 3, 2005
June 3 2005 by Phillip Hamm

Family Bible Study lesson for June 26: The Best is Yet to Be : Friday, June 3, 2005
Friday, June 3, 2005

Family Bible Study lesson for June 26: The Best is Yet to Be

By Phillip Hamm
Focal passages: Romans 8:18-25; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, 57; Philippians 3:20-21

I have to confess to you that I enjoy reading the headlines of the magazines found in the check out line of our grocery store. You know, the ones that tell us Elvis didn't die but rather was abducted by aliens. These papers supposedly alert us to the events of the future: "Jesus is coming back on a Greyhound bus," "Giant asteroid to collide with Earth in August" and "Bathmat spells out the phone number of the Anti-Christ."

Other than the few moments we spend chuckling to ourselves over these headlines, we rarely give the events of the future much thought. We know that we have been promised heaven after we die, but what else will take place? What changes will occur at this time? How will we be different?

Transformation

(Phil. 3:20-21)

Paul explains in these verses that our bodies will be transformed in the future. The literal meaning of the word "transformed" is "to change the outward form of." Our bodies, with all the wrinkles, scars, and blemishes will one day be changed and made new.

Last year 9.2 million people in our country underwent cosmetic plastic surgery. This number does not consider those who required reconstruction surgery due to an accident or disease. The average cost of plastic surgery is around $4,700. As with any surgery, some of the risks involved are blood clots, aspiration and infection. So why do so many people voluntarily take the risks and pay good money for plastic surgery? Simply, we want to be more beautiful or more handsome.

The type of transformation that will take place when we leave this world will be far more thorough and much less costly. We will look and feel far better than we ever could have imagined. We will have been transformed into our new bodies.

Victorious Resurrection

(1 Cor. 15:50-54, 57)

Paul shows in these verses how we will be resurrected just as Christ was. He explains that our resurrection will occur quickly (in the twinkling of an eye) and will be the final blow to death as we know it.

Most of us know George Foreman for the excellent hamburgers his grill can cook. But long before he became a household kitchen name, he was a boxer. After retiring from boxing in the mid-seventies, he became an ordained minister and opened a youth house where young people could learn to box, play basketball and study.

When the youth house came on desperate times, George decided to pay the bills by boxing again. In 1995 the sports world was stunned as a 45-year-old Foreman knocked out 25-year-old Michael Moorer in the tenth round. George Foreman had become the oldest heavy weight champion in the world. He did what critics thought impossible; he staged a comeback some twenty years after retiring.

It's hard to conceive that after our bodies have been in the grave for many years that they would be resurrected. It's difficult to fathom that there will come a time when death will have no more power. But just as George Foreman did what everyone thought was impossible, God will defeat what was thought unbeatable: death. He will take our useless bodies and resurrect them from the grave in order to defeat death one final time.

What can Christians expect to happen in the future? We can look forward to our bodies receiving the ultimate makeover by being transformed permanently into our heavenly bodies. No longer will we have to buy bigger pants or deal with the pain of sickness. For at this time we will have our new bodies. We can also anticipate the time when the final resurrection of the dead will occur. On this day we will be spectators as God drives the final nail in the coffin of death. No longer will anyone have to face the grim reality that death brings today, for death will no longer exist.

6/3/2005 12:00:00 AM by Phillip Hamm | with 0 comments




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