Life Everlasting

Lou Lotz

READ : 1 Corinthians 15:50-57

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? (v. 55)

What will it be like—our resurrected life on the other side of eternity? Theologian Paul Tillich said that everlasting life would be “unambiguous.” I like that. Our life here and now is ambiguous. It’s wonderful and it’s tragic; full of pleasure, aching with pain. I remember an old church elder who enjoyed praying aloud, and he would always include the petition, “Lord, make us glad as many days as thou hast afflicted us.” Sometimes, it seems like that’s the best we can hope for in this life. “Lord, at least give me equal amounts of sadness and happiness. At least balance the scales. Give me as much of the good stuff as the bad stuff.” Life is ambiguous.

But life beyond death will be unambiguous. There will be no balance between laughter and sorrow, between good and bad. Instead, the scales will tilt completely to the good side. It will all be good and right. And finally, at long last, we will be all good and right.

Kathleen Norris, in her book Amazing Grace, tells the story of a woman on her deathbed. Trying to comfort her in her final hours, friends say: “In heaven, everyone we love is there!” The woman replies: “No, in heaven I will love everyone who is there.” Not only is heaven good but, finally, we’re good.

No more pain, no more tears, no more bad stuff. Unambiguous! “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

PRAYER

Father, thank you for the promise of resurrection and everlasting life!