Every week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said this week in the third of our Advent series reflecting on the second coming of Jesus.
The second coming of Jesus, or the second Advent of Jesus, is not just about judgement, it is also about resurrection, which leads to life in the new (or better the renewed) heavens and earth.
Now if you want to call this life in heaven then that’s fine. I tend to avoid doing so because I don’t think most people hear it like this, as the promise of future resurrection, but still think of the soul leaving the body to go to be with God in some other place.
The point is that when Jesus comes again to judge, to rid this world of all that is evil, to redeem all that has been spoiled, then God’s people will be raised (bodily just as he was), but because of this judgement the renewed world and our resurrection bodies will no longer be tainted by sin or death.
No more crying, no more suffering, no more death. This is the promise of ‘life after life after death’.* This is the hope of resurrection.
[Reflecting on 1 Thessalonians 4.13-5.11 and Amos 9.11-15]
* This phrase is from Tom Wright (See ‘Simply Christian’ for example)