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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Beyond Space

We achieved another successful space shuttle launch the other day. I say “we” because our taxes made it possible. But all is not well onboard. One of the astronauts is sick. So another astronaut had to perform a space walk in his place.

I have heard sick people complain about being under the weather, but astronauts are far above the weather when they orbit Earth. So what does a sick astronaut say? “I’m feeling above the weather”?

We can’t avoid sickness in this life, not even if we travel into space. But someday we will live beyond space. Thanks to God’s saving grace based on Jesus’ redemptive blood, we believers will live in Heaven, where we will never experience sickness, pain, sadness, or death (Rev. 21:4).

Some friends my age are battling pain today. A sense of their mortality seems to be settling into their thoughts, but God may be pleased to restore them to good health. Ultimately, though, all of us Christians will exchange our mortality for immortality. Far beyond space, we will have no further need of pain pills, eye drops, muscle ointments, crutches, walkers, braces, chemo, blood pressure pills, cholesterol reducers, aspirin, blood thinners, or snake oil. And we won’t have to find a substitute for our walk on the streets of gold.

“Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”

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