The Joy of Resurrection
Take the year that you graduated from high school or college, add 10, 20, 30, and maybe even 40 to it and mark your calendar—those are the years you’ll probably get class reunion announcements in the mail.
Some people attend college reunions to stroll the campus, tour new buildings, attend academic lectures that interest them—and perhaps bump into a former classmate or friend. Alumni of smaller colleges, however—where the student body was more like a big family—return with a different passion. They’re looking for people—those with whom they shared all night study sessions, fraternity and sorority events, and out of town road trips to basketball and football games. When former best friends spot each other across the quadrangle, they break out in sprint to embrace one another. A million memories flood their hearts as they experience the joy of a relationship lost for 30 years. In that sense, reunions are a lot like our future resurrection will be.
When Isaiah wrote his prophetic words to the nation of Israel, they were a people buried in the dust of their former glory as the chosen ones of God. They were in need of resurrection, of being raised to new life. They were experiencing a 70-year absence of the joy of knowing the Lord—but Isaiah told them it was about to end: “You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy.” While Isaiah was probably speaking of Israel’s spiritual resurrection as a nation, the key word in his prophecy—“joy”—is a word that will apply to the future resurrection of believers. Think what it will be like to come alive one day in new, immortal, resurrection bodies! To be reunited with family and friends and be standing on the edge of an eternal adventure with Jesus Christ—never to be separated again! The joy of reunions is only a taste of the joy that will be ours in resurrection.
Have you allowed the joy of resurrection morning to be a catalyst for your life today? Spend some time today thinking of all the people with whom you be reunited in Christ—and thank God for the joy that will be yours!
God’s Promise to You: “You have yet to know joy like you will in the day of your resurrection.”
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