Monday, February 24, 2014

Chuck Liddell and Hope for Your Day

Philippians 3:20-21 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, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
These words are powerful. They are God's words. They are penned by men, but inspired and directed by the Spirit of God. These words are meant to fuel hope, encouragement, and joy.

Our citizenship, as followers of Jesus Christ, is heaven. And from heaven we await our Savior. He's coming back. He is coming to restore all things. He is coming to redeem creation and establish his kingdom forever. 

Then he will do something amazing. He will transform our lowly, sickly, dying bodies, into glorious, perfected bodies, like his own. We will be raised to new life and never sin again. Never die again. Never get sick again. This is the hope of the Christian life. We long for and await this day. 

But what causes us to believe in this hope? 

What makes us think this can actually happen?

The answer: because the power that enables Jesus to subject all things to himself is the power that cause these dead bones to live. 

This verse packs a Chuck Liddell to the temple type ending. Jesus, who was raised from the dead, ascended to the right hand of God, now rules and reigns over the unviverse, and every molecule in it. He upholds the universe by the Word of his power (Hebrews 1:3). The same power that enables him to subject all things to himself is the very power that will one day cause these lowly bodies to be glorious. 

Oh friends, the Christian hope is an incredible hope. Set your eyes on your citizenship in heaven today and the Savior we await to come from there. For in a blink of an eye he is coming. He leaves us in the closing words of our Bible's with the promise, "Surely I am coming soon."

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