11th September 2013


“Listen! I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die but we will all be changed.”
1 Corinthians 15:51 (NRSV)

The seventh United States warship to be named after the state of New York was commissioned in November 2009 and is now in active service. The difference between this ship and the previous six is that this one was constructed from 24 tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Centre! Its motto is; “Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget.” 

In a way, the TwinTowers have been changed and have become something entirely different! Metamorphosis means; “A change of form (by natural or supernatural means).” In the aftermath of 9/11 twenty four tons of burnt and scarred metal has become something different—a seagoing vessel, carrying sailors, marines, helicopters and landing craft to wherever they need to be in the world. It reminds me of a caterpillar that is changed into a butterfly—a totally different lifestyle and function! 

There is another change that I’d like to mention here and it is going to happen to God’s people at the return of Jesus. The apostle Paul gives us an insight into the mystery of this change and why it is vital; he says: “Every human being has an earthly body just like Adam’s, but our heavenly bodies will be just like Christ’s. Just as we are now like Adam, the man of the earth, so we will someday be like Christ, the man from heaven. What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever.” (1 Corinthians 15:48-50 NLT). 

John also causes us to focus on this change when he says; “Here and now, my dear friends, we are God’s children. We don’t know what we shall become in the future. We only know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is!” (1 John 3:2 Phillips). 

Just outside my front door there is a chrysalis, it is glued to the wall. I know it was once a caterpillar because I saw it settle there and I know that some day it will emerge as a butterfly or a moth. I don’t know what it will be like but I know that it will be totally different from the caterpillar I saw some time ago! It’s a mystery for now but not for long, as soon as it appears, I will see it as it really is! 

As the incoming Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said recently; “I believe in a God who transforms things!” So do I! 

Father, thank you for the change that is coming for all your children, help us to keep our eyes on Jesus and wait patiently for his return in glory and also for the metamorphosis he is bringing for us, your little ones.

Study by Cliff Neill


cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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