Excerpted from God’s Story, Your Story by Max Lucado
May 19, 2007, was a splendid night for an outdoor graduation. Thirty-four members of the Lucado clan occupied a sizable section of the amphitheater seats in honor of high-school-graduating Sara, my youngest daughter. What we didn’t know, however, is that two Lucado women were graduating the same evening. About the same time Sara stepped across the platform, my mom stepped into paradise.
Applause for the first. Tears for the second. The sorrow is understandable. Yet should they be so different? Both celebrate completion and transition. And both gift the graduate with recognition: a diploma to one and a brand-new life to the other.
As God’s story becomes your story, you make this wonderful discovery: you will graduate from this life into heaven. Jesus’ plan is to “gather together in one all things in Christ” (Ephesians 1:10 NKJV). “All things” includes your body. You will finally be healthy.
I hate disease. I’m sick of it. So is Christ. Jesus will heal all who seek healing in him. There are no exceptions to this promise — no nuances, fine-print conditions, or caveats. To say some will be healed beyond the grave by no means diminishes the promise. The truth is this: “When Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
You’ll have a spiritual body. In your current state, your flesh battles your spirit. Your eyes look where they shouldn’t. Your taste buds desire the wrong drinks. Your heart knows you shouldn’t be anxious, but your mind still worries.
Your “parts” will no longer rebel in heaven. Your new body will be a spiritual body, with all members cooperating toward one end. In heaven “there shall be no more curse” (Revelation 22:3 NKJV). As much as we hate carcinomas and cardiac arrests, don’t we hate sin even more? Cystic fibrosis steals breath, but selfishness and stinginess steal joy. Diabetes can ruin the system of a body, but deceit, denial, and distrust are ruining society.
Heaven, however, has scheduled a graduation. Sin will no longer be at war with our flesh. Eyes won’t lust, thoughts won’t wander, hands won’t steal, our minds won’t judge, appetites won’t rage, and our tongues won’t lie. We will be brand-new.
Let’s stand with Paul on the promise of eternity.
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:16 – 18 MSG