the animals are made alive again!
By Niki Behrikis Shanahan
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
I Corinthians 15:21
With Easter fast approaching it is a special time to reflect on what Jesus Christ has done for us in dying on the cross and His resurrection. Without His sacrifice we could not receive forgiveness of sins, salvation or ever enjoy eternal life. The animals on the other hand did not sin, but when mankind fell it changed their world, too. Prior to man’s sin the animals had not experienced death or any of the other tragedies associated with sin.
I would like to share with you Romans 8:18-23 from The Living Bible. It is so encouraging to read the Apostle Paul explain how we all, and that includes the animals, await the day He resurrects us all. When we leave here and go to Heaven our bodies are in a spirit form, but someday He will resurrect our bodies in the form He had intended from the beginning.
“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will give us later. For all creation is waiting patiently and hopefully for that future day when God will resurrect His children. For on that day thorns and thistles, sin, death, and decay – the things that overcame the world against its will at God's command – will all disappear, and the world around us will share in the glorious freedom from sin which God's children enjoy.”
“For we know that even the things of nature, like animals and plants, suffer in sickness and death as they await this great event. And even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as His children, including the new bodies He has promised us – bodies that will never be sick again and will never die.”
Romans 8:18-23, The Living Bible
The next section is from Matthew Henry’s commentary on Romans 8. Matthew Henry is a very popular Bible commentator that most ministers reference.
A portion of Matthew Henry’s (1706-1721) Commentary of Romans 8:18-23 taken from Matthew Henry’s Commentary, Zondervan Publishing House, 1980 is as follows:
And this redemption of the creature is reserved till then; for, as it was with man and for man that they fell under the curse, so with man and for man they shall be delivered. All the curse and filth that now adhere to the creature shall be done away then when those that have suffered with Christ upon earth shall reign with Him upon the earth. This the whole creation looks and longs for; and it may serve as a reason why now a good man should be merciful to his beast.
We can all be encouraged that although we suffer here on earth now, we have a great future with our beloved animal companions in Heaven to look forward to. When they leave us they cross over into a glorious land in Heaven with Jesus. There is no fear there, no sickness, no disease, no harm or danger and no evil. They are waiting for the day that we will join them for eternity. We all have much to look forward to as we look to our future life in Heaven with the Lord, our family and friends and our beloved babies.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
I Corinthians 15:22
(Many more Scriptures and details of the animals going to Heaven according to the Bible may be found in the book "There Is Eternal Life For Animals.")
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