The scripture for today is from 1 Corinthians 15:50-53.
50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 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. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
In Chapter 15, Paul discusses the role of the Resurrection in our salvation. At first glance, Paul tells us that we, the living, cannot inherit the kingdom of God. But wait, he tells us that we will be changed and then we’ll be able to inherit the kingdom.
We address this final judgment each week when we join together in the Apostles Creed.
“He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.”
Some other versions refer to it as “the quick and the dead”.
Paul writes that the resurrection of the dead and the change for those still living will take place “at the last trumpet”. This is the signal for the second coming of Christ. Will we be ready?
Each day we have the opportunity to live a more godly, steadfast life. In this past year of pandemic, we have had to change the way we did so many things. We may have known grief and suffering and loneliness. We have learned to connect with our family and friends and with our church differently.
Dear Lord, thank you for the saving grace we have through the resurrection of Jesus. Lead us to live our lives for Your glory and prepare for life eternal with You. Amen
Prayer Concern - For those who have lost loved ones to the pandemic
Alternate verses - Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 and Genesis 1:20-2:4a