“As your Lady-in-Waiting, I’m waiting!”
Lady Kluck (Disney’s Robin Hood)
The other day, my Mom and I were commiserating (fancy word for complaining) with one another about our increased battles with various aches and pains.
We get very frustrated as we both have young, adventurous spirits which have been trapped in bodies that feel many decades older.
When you suffer from chronic pain and fatigue, the days can feel very long. After our combined pity party, my Mom commented that we are “waiting for our new selves”. She was referring to the completion of our redemption which will take place when Jesus Christ comes again.
The first part of our redemption takes place when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. At that time, our sinful self is redeemed by the blood of the crucified Jesus. That is Part 1 of our redemption – our spirit has been redeemed.
Rom 3:24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus;
Gal 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone having been hanged on a tree”);
Part 2, or the completion of our eternal redemption, takes place when Jesus comes again.
Luk 21:27, 28 And then they shall see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to happen, then look up and lift up your heads, for your redemption draws near.
At that time, our “bodies” will also be redeemed.
Rom 8:23 And not only so, but ourselves also, who have the firstfruit of the Spirit [Part 1], even we ourselves groan within ourselves, awaiting adoption, the redemption of our body. [Part 2]
The word “body” in the above scripture comes from a Greek word meaning “sound [free from flaw, defect, or decay] whole”.
When Jesus comes again, my body will be made free from flaw, defect or decay. No more pain. No more fatigue. Hallelujah!!
Until that time, my Mom and I will continue to “groan within ourselves” (and probably outside ourselves), being “ladies-in-waiting” for “the redemption of our body“.
While I am waiting, I will think about this verse:
Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed in us.