For centuries Spain’s motto was “Nothing More Beyond.” The country was proud of its position on the Atlantic, a position they felt situated them on the edge of the world. According to popular belief, if a mariner were to try to venture beyond Spain’s horizon, he would fall over the edge like a baby’s bottle from the kitchen table. Eventually explorers discovered realms that lay beyond, and Spain was forced to alter its motto to read: “More Beyond.”
For the Christian there is “more beyond.” We inherently know this world is not enough. It leaves much to be desired. Thankfully, the Lord does not disappoint. We are promised,
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:51-57).
“Impossible!” some might say. “The very idea of a resurrection from the dead goes against nature.” Not so. Read the following from brother Leroy Brownlow:
The resurrection of man is just as reasonable as the resurrection of nature. The cold, harsh wintry winds which seem opposed to us sweep down from the frozen North, biting and chilling all nature, stripping the trees of their foliage, turning the grass into the color of death. But they later return as gentle breezes in friendly fashion from the warm Southland, resurrecting all sleeping vegetation into a more beautiful life (Today Is Mine).
In the words of Martin Luther, “Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” Surely man will fare better than oaks and shrubs. He is the crowning jewel of creation, made in God’s own image (Gen. 1:26-27).
Jesus called Himself “the resurrection and the life” (Jn. 11:25). For those who put their faith in Him there is “more beyond.”