The Best is Yet to Come (Encouragement from 2 Corinthians 5)

By Pastor Mark Combs

Most fans of fireworks enjoy the variety of displays and sounds, but always look forward to the "grand finale". Leading up to the huge explosion of sight and sound can be impressive, but hey, nothing compares to a big finish. No respectable fireworks company would shoot off most of their fiery rockets in the first minute, then try to wow the audience with the few remaining explosives over the last several minutes. It's the anticipation that keeps most people from leaving early. 


We all need something to look forward to. It keeps us motivated at home, at work, and at church. The Apostle Paul wrote his second letter to the church at Corinth to comfort them. "For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ." (1:5 NKJV).


As one that is "past my prime," it has become quite apparent that my body is wearing out. I don't run as fast, jump as high, or have the endurance that I had in my youth. (If you're over 50 years old, you know what I'm talking about.) 


Many of us have tried to slow down the regression, but it has become obvious that this trend will not be completely reversed. 


Paul explains what is going on. He said, "For we KNOW if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." (2 Corinthians 5:1 NKJV). A tent is supposed to be a temporary structure. A house (or new body) is supposed to be permanent. 


For those of us who have put our faith In Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross for our sins, we are guaranteed that when our body is destroyed (death) we will get a better version to replace it. It will be perfect and indestructible (see 1 Corinthians 15:42-44). There will be a "grand finale" to death. The best is yet to come!