Isaiah 25: 1-9 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
The Great Transformation

Isaiah 25: 1-9

          O LORD, you are my God;

                   I will exalt you; I will praise your name,

          for you have done wonderful things,

                   plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

          For you have made the city a heap,

                   the fortified city a ruin;

          the foreigners’ palace is a city no more;

                   it will never be rebuilt.

          Therefore strong peoples will glorify you;

                   cities of ruthless nations will fear you.

          For you have been a stronghold to the poor,

                   a stronghold to the needy in his distress,

                   a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat;

          for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,

                   like heat in a dry place.

          You subdue the noise of the foreigners;

                   as heat by the shade of a cloud,

                   so the song of the ruthless is put down.   


          On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples

                   a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,

                   of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.

          And he will swallow up on this mountain

                   the covering that is cast over all peoples,

                   the veil that is spread over all nations.

                   He will swallow up death forever;

          and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces,

                   and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,

                   for the LORD has spoken.

          It will be said on that day,

                   “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.

                   This is the LORD; we have waited for him;

                   let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” 


1 Corinthians 15: 50-58

I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

          “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

          “O death, where is your victory?

                   O death, where is your sting?”

          The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 


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