What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.

1 Corinthians 15:50

“…our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:50)

Between the ages of 30 – 40, our bodies age two times faster than at any other stage in life! If you are under 30 or over 40 as you are reading this, you are probably feeling pretty good right now!

It is a short-lived feeling, however. Research reveals our lung capacity at 65 is 20% lower than it is at 45 and our muscle strength declines a whopping 35% from 45 to 85!

Legends about the “Fountain of Youth” have prevailed for thousands of years in the world’s history. It was said that by bathing in or drinking from its waters, a person’s youth would be restored. The story is found among the myths of the ancient Greeks and in the Caribbean Islands and the Spanish Explorer, Ponce de Leon is reputed to have searched for it in the Bahamas, allegedly being told of the Fountain’s existence by the indigenous people of Florida.

Our world today is no different, abounding in countless products promising to reverse the ageing process and take years off our faces and bodies!

We are obsessed with ageing and staying young and if someone were to produce something which lengthened our lives or give us eternal youth, we would beat a path to their door!

However, ageing, and death, are inevitable.

As Paul begins to wind up his defence of the resurrection of Jesus and the dead, he does so by now describing why we need resurrected bodies.

He states clearly that in God’s Kingdom, our current “flesh and blood” bodies will have no place there – in emphasising this fact, he actually says “it is impossible” for this to be! While our current bodies have been perfectly designed for this world we live in, they are also subject to the consequences of sin – death and decay.

But in the Age to Come there will be no pain, suffering or death – our present “flesh and blood” bodies are not suitable for it.

Imagine this if you can:

Living in a place with a new body where it will never age, wear out or die. This is the marvellous hope and promise held out to all those who place their trust in Jesus as Lord and Saviour, a far greater hope than a mythical fountain of youth!

For further reflection: Revelation 22:17. Will you accept Jesus’ invitation to drink from the water of life?

Between the ages of 30 – 40, our bodies age two times faster than at any other stage in life! If you are under 30 or over 40 as you are reading this, you are probably feeling pretty good right now!

It is a short-lived feeling, however. Research reveals our lung capacity at 65 is 20% lower than it is at 45 and our muscle strength declines a whopping 35% from 45 to 85!

Legends about the “Fountain of Youth” have prevailed for thousands of years in the world’s history. It was said that by bathing in or drinking from its waters, a person’s youth would be restored. The story is found among the myths of the ancient Greeks and in the Caribbean Islands and the Spanish Explorer, Ponce de Leon is reputed to have searched for it in the Bahamas, allegedly being told of the Fountain’s existence by the indigenous people of Florida.

Our world today is no different, abounding in countless products promising to reverse the ageing process and take years off our faces and bodies!

We are obsessed with ageing and staying young and if someone were to produce something which lengthened our lives or give us eternal youth, we would beat a path to their door!

However, ageing, and death, are inevitable.

As Paul begins to wind up his defence of the resurrection of Jesus and the dead, he does so by now describing why we need resurrected bodies.

He states clearly that in God’s Kingdom, our current “flesh and blood” bodies will have no place there – in emphasising this fact, he actually says “it is impossible” for this to be! While our current bodies have been perfectly designed for this world we live in, they are also subject to the consequences of sin – death and decay.

But in the Age to Come there will be no pain, suffering or death – our present “flesh and blood” bodies are not suitable for it.

Imagine this if you can:

Living in a place with a new body where it will never age, wear out or die. This is the marvellous hope and promise held out to all those who place their trust in Jesus as Lord and Saviour, a far greater hope than a mythical fountain of youth!

For further reflection: Revelation 22:17. Will you accept Jesus’ invitation to drink from the water of life?