Great Expectations: The Hope Of The Christian
Text: Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)
20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
I. Introduction: Robert Gingrich was a Christian with great expectations. Many times I heard him express his faith in Jesus Christ and his hope of heaven. While Robert lived here in this world, he did not have an easy time. The disease which finally claimed his earthly life gave him great discomfort and pain. Even so, he regularly attended church until his health demanded full time nursing care. Those of you who knew Robert know how hard it was for him to be separated from his brother Nelson when his condition began to deteriorate and he needed specialized care. Though he became depressed, whenever I asked him about his faith, he answered that he still trusted Jesus. Many of us may never know the difficulty he was going through at that time. Though Robert expressed frustration with his health and his surroundings at times, I think it was partly because of the great expectations he saw over the horizon, to a place he could finally call home and a place where all his difficulties would end. If we faithfully place our trust in Jesus and hope in Him to the end, we have reason for great expectations.
II. We May Expect A Heavenly Home
A. The Home of the Pilgrim
1. Documented as Residents
2. Destined as Travelers
B. The Home of a Deliverer
1. His Appearance As Deliverer
a) The Uncertainty of timing
b) The Certainty of Meeting
2. His Identification
a) Identified by Position – Master
b) Identified by Person – Jesus Christ
III. We May Expect A Heavenly Transformation
A. Changed From The Lowly
1. A Body Subject to Disease
2. A Body Subject to Death
B. Changed into Glory
1. Our Bodies are to be Transformed
2. Our Bodies are to be Like Jesus’
C. Changed By Power
IV. Conclusion: Like Robert, we can look forward to a heavenly home where our trials will end and a beautiful transformation in which our earthly bodies will change into glorious bodies which are no longer susceptible to disease or death. If we place our faith in Christ our hope will not be disappointed. We may have great expectations.