Death is swallowed up in victory.
1 Corinthians 15.54
We operate by hope. We have hopes for today, for tomorrow, next year, and in the coming decades. If we take a realistic look at our hopes, we find that the majority of our hopes are based in life circumstances. If that is true, we will be building our lives and making decisions today on hopes that death can take away. And if death can take away our hopes, we can so easily slip into despair and anxiety.
In this section of 1 Corinthians, Paul reminds us of what will happen to our bodies, when Jesus returns. He says our perishable bodies will put on the imperishable. What this means is that if Jesus is our Lord, one day our bodies that are perishable right now, will become like Jesus' body—imperishable. One day, though we may die before Jesus returns, our very bodies will be remade. We will have an extreme makeover.
Right now, we spend time and energy and money to exercise, clothe, make pretty and handsome our bodies that are perishable. But one day, because Jesus has overcome death, we will be radiant, beautiful, strong, immortal, imperishable, glorious. This is all because Jesus has swallowed up death in victory! In “The Weight of Glory,” C.S. Lewis reminds us that we will be so glorious one day, that if any one of us were to be transformed right now into what we will be, all of us seeing the transformed human would be tempted to bow down and worship, because of the beauty and the glory.
In Jesus, this is your future. Not only will the world be remade by God (See Revelation 21.), but you yourself, your very body, will be transformed. In Jesus, you and I have a hope that death can't take away. We have a secure hope that nothing in life can take away, because it is grounded in Jesus who has already gone before us and is risen indeed!