“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed–in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed”. I Corinthians 15:51-52 NIV

Animal euthanasia in the Greek means “good death”. Methods of euthanasia cause minimal pain and are often referred to as “putting to sleep” or “putting an animal down”. Reasons for this procedure are usually incurable and painful diseases. A veterinarian will aid in making the decision as to when euthanasia is best for your pet. It is truly as if the pet is put to sleep and out of their misery unlike their humans who are left behind in mourning.

The Bible refers to death as sleep in many verses. I Kings 2:10 states, “Then David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David”. In Acts 7:60, Stephen’s death is described, “Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them!’ Having said this, he fell asleep”.

Our verse today tells us that not everyone will fall asleep in death before Jesus’ return. Some will be eagerly awaiting his return and hear the trumpet call and witness the transformation into heavenly bodies that are imperishable. It truly is a mystery.

Our days are written in His book. Psalm 139:16 says it this way, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”.

We all have an incurable disease called sin. Jesus took on our disease at Calvary and paid the price for us so that we might experience a wonderful transformation. Unless we are alive at the last trumpet call, we will all die the “good death” of falling asleep but in Jesus we will wake to a wonderful transformation and eternal life with our heavenly Father.


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