Wake Up and Shout for Joy
But your dead will live;
their bodies will rise.
You who dwell in the dust,
wake up and shout for joy.
ISAIAH 26:19 (NIV)
What a promise God gives us here in Isaiah 26:19! With new bodies, we are headed for heaven!
We have a permanent home waiting for us in a land where “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4). God will no longer seem to be a resident of a far-off place, but He Himself will live among us (Revelation 21:3) and will wipe every tear from our eyes.
We will drink without cost from the spring of the water of life (Revelation 22:17) and will give overflowing thanks that the old order of things has passed away, never to return and trouble us again.
But someone may ask,
“How will the dead be raised?
What kind of body will they have?”
What a foolish question!
When you put a seed into the ground,
it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first.
It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead.
Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die,
but they will be raised to live forever.
Our bodies are buried in brokenness,
but they will be raised in glory.
They are buried in weakness,
but they will be raised in strength.
They are buried as natural human bodies,
but they will be raised as spiritual bodies.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:35-36,42-44 (NLT)
On the journey with you,
Jan & Dave Dravecky