Devotionals by Lasserre Bradley, Jr.

Day 30 ThemeFuture Things
Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power– 1 Corinthians 15:24

When is “then”? Paul writes of the general resurrection of all saints, “at his (that is Christ’s) coming” (v.23).

So here is a very clear and concise picture of the last day. Jesus returns, as He promised, this time not in humility or poverty but in glory and majesty. The dead rise from the grace, just by the same power that raised Christ from the dead 2,000 years ago.

Then comes the end. Jesus Christ delivers up the kingdom of God, over which He has been reining and which He has been guiding since His ascension into heaven. He submits His church, successfully saved and sanctified, to God the Father, having conquered every other authority and power.

Everypower? Yes. Even death, we are promised, will eventually be vanquished: “the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (26). Nothing is left to oppose the reign of Jesus Christ, or the glory of His Father.

This is a thrilling, magnificent prospect, isn’t it? But why do you think Paul shares this reality with us? Is it simply information to be filed way for later, or to settle our curiosity about the future? No, it is so this future reality can enlighten and enliven our present situation.

If the end looks like this, which Christ victorious and all His enemies crushed, shouldn’t that effect how we live today? Why are we so awed by the wise and mighty of this world? Why are we so eager to please ourselves and others?

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Lasserre Bradley, Jr. is the director, and has been the speaker on the Baptist Bible Hour radio broadcast since he started it in 1953. The messages on the program come form the pulpit of the Cincinnati Primitive Baptist Church where he is senior pastor and has served for 47 years. Pastor Lasserre is also editor of the Baptist Witness and author of other Bible-based literature including I Feel Overwhelmed, Six things To Remember In the Time of Crisis, and The Christian Home.

Lasserre and his wife Emily, have three grown children: Leanna, Peggy and Lasserre III. He and Emily consider it a special blessing to have17 grandchildren.

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