Reading: Romans 8:18-25
"To those who eagerly wait for Him, Christ will appear a second time,
without sin, for salvation" (Heb 9:28)
There was no sickness before sin entered the world. Even though sin is not the direct cause of every sickness today, if man had not sinned he would have never become sick. That's why, along with our sins, Christ bore our sicknesses also on His body. The Bible teaches us that His blood cleanses us (1 Jn 1:7) and His wounds heal us (1 Pet 2:24). However a question arises here: If Christ has borne my sins, why do I still have to struggle with sin, having believed on Him? (1 Jn 1:9). If He has borne my sicknesses, why do I still have to suffer from sicknesses? (1 Tim 5:23).
"We know that the entire creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now. And not only they, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit... groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our bodies" (Rom 8:22,23).
On the Cross Jesus finished whatever had to be done. He paid fully the penalty for our sin. He purchased for us all that mankind had lost because of transgression. But the total realization of the benefits of Calvary in our lives has not come until now. We are enjoying the "first- fruits" only. We are still "groaning." The perfect healing of our bodies is still awaited. We will receive it only at the Second Coming of Christ.
The body we now have is earthly and mortal. Life in this body is a journey from birth to death. Just like the resurrected Christ we will be given a glorious body at His coming. If we would be alive when He returns, we will be transformed. If dead, we will be resurrected. It will happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. "When the trumpet sounds, the dead will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that we would never die. For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die" (1 Cor 15:51-53).
About our disease-free life in Heaven, we are told, "God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away!" (Rev 21:4).
Jesus is coming His saints to release,
Coming to give to the warring earth peace;
Sinning and sighing and sorrow shall cease;
Jesus is coming again! (El Nathan)
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