We have so very much to look forward to when Jesus returns for us. If we are alive at the time of His appearing, Jesus will instantly transform our aging and achy bodies into an eternal body just like His. If we die before the rapture, He will bring our dead bodies to life again never again to be subject to the illnesses of this life or to death (1 Thess. 4:16-17). All this happens amazingly fast, “in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor. 15:52). It will all be finished in less time than it takes to blink our eyes.
In 1 Corinthians 15:52b-53 Paul says, “For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.” The Lord, through the apostle Paul, promises that all believers will someday possess immortal bodies. We will live forever in the bodies we receive when Jesus comes for His church.
Philippians 3:20-21 adds this about our future bodies, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body. . .” Our future bodies will resemble Jesus’ resurrection body. We will be like Him just as John promised in 1 John 3:2.
This exchange of bodies, our deteriorating and aging bodies for immortal ones like Christ’s, will be like swapping an old rusted out Ford Pinto held together with duct tape for a brand new shiny Porsche Carrera. Only our new bodies will never deteriorate, grow old, or wear out as even the best-built cars will do over a long enough period of time. I can scarcely imagine having a body that will never grow weary, get sick, or age. No more achy backs and sore knees! Our new bodies will be immortal; they will never die.
Consider the implications. No more doctor and dentist appointments. Taking pain relievers and medicine . . . a thing of the past. No more stubbed toes, sprained ankles, or broken bones. Can you imagine never getting sick again? No more flu, colds, allergies, cancer, heart disease, or any ailment you can name. Our new bodies will be immune to all disease!
Think of all the effort we put into maintaining the health of our bodies. How much do we spend each month just to maintain our bodies? We take vitamins, exercise, and try to maintain a healthy diet. Imagine not needing all of the products we purchase for our hair, skin, and teeth. I can scarcely imagine a body that does not require daily upkeep.
Indeed we have an amazing hope. This world is not our final home nor our current bodies the end of our existence.
(The above post is from my current writing project, The Thrill of Hope.)