I Corinthians 15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Nothing much stays the same. I don’t believe in evolution in the sense of how humans got here. Man was created out of the dust of the ground. God breathed into him the breath of life and he became a living soul. The Bible declares this. I believe it. The definition of evolution is simply changing, so in this sense we believe in it. Things change. Places change. People change. New houses. New businesses. New schools. Growing up there were no malls; you shopped downtown. Times have changed. Money changes people. Money in and of itself isn’t bad, but loving it is; letting it rule your life is. Illness changes people. I’ve seen strong and vigorous people become invalids due to illness. Customs change and I’m glad some have. I’m glad I didn’t have to get the horse and buggy out to come to church this morning. We fly in jets and ride automobiles these days. If you’d have asked me growing up if such a thing as texting someone immediately would happen, I’d say “you’re crazy.” It has. Let’s look now at some spiritual changes.
We need the change of a new birth. When the Lord saved us from our sins, he breathed into us eternal life. Old things passed away. All things become new. After salvation you love different things. I didn’t used to love coming to church; now I do. Titus 3 says we used to be like this: For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. This changes after salvation.
We need the change of growing in Jesus Christ. Nothing thrills a pastor more than seeing his people growing in the Lord. Not all Christians are growing. In Hebrews 5:12 says, the writer says For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. He meant they weren’t maturing. Faithfulness helps us grow. Psalms 122:1 says I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Were you glad? Did you moan and groan because it was Sunday and you should get up and go to church? Bible reading and prayer helps us grow. I can’t talk to you about astronomy because I don’t know much about it. I’ve never studied it. The Bible is a deep book and reading it brings changes. Our lifestyle will reflect and agree with the Word of God. We also grow by active service to the Lord. If you sit in your Lazyboy recliner all the time pretty soon you’ll not be able to walk. In the same sense, we need to be busy in the service of the Lord. Be active.
The greatest change will be when Jesus comes back. When he steps out on the cloud for us and we rise to meet him in the air, we are going to be changed. That’s noted here. In I Thessalonians 4 Paul says For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Some great sounds will accompany this return. A shout. I can’t imagine the power of the voice of Jesus. He’ll call the bride and we’ll rise to meet him and we will be changed. We’ll also hear the voice of the archangel and the trump of God. What will happen? The corruptible will put on incorruption. The mortal will put on immortality. We’ll get a new body like the one of the Lord. No more heartaches. No more sickness. All gone! We’ll never die. A perfect body. How long will it take? How long is the twinkling of an eye? Not a blink, a twinkling. It’s a fraction of a second. We’ll be changed! Forever! Be ready to meet the Lord.