by Gini Crawford, MSW
Jesus' resurrection also gives us the hope that in eternity, as Christians, we will rise bodily, just like Christ. Our resurrection gives us an imperishable body that is just right for a life with God in heaven.
I do not know about you, but at my age, an imperishable body sounds awfully good. My perishable body here on this earth is starting to get spoiled we could say. I fight one wrinkle with supposedly a miracle cream and when I think I see some improvement (maybe it's just the placebo effect), two more have appeared. No amount of anything seems to do much to stop the slippery slope of aging that is a part of our state of death. When you look at your body and feel the physical, psychological and spiritual distresses of that body (I know some of you are in awful pain and are crippled in this earthly body), don't forget the promise of our new body. It certainly gives a beautiful new meaning to the old phrase, off with the old and on with the new. Doesn't it? Paul talks about the resurrection of this new body in 1 Corinthians 15:49-54,
And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 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 must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory." NASB®
Jesus' resurrection gives us a glimpse of God's characteristics in Jesus. Jesus is all powerful and the source of all life. In John 10 He says that He is able to give up His life to death and take it back again. Jesus is all-knowing because He predicted His resurrection from the dead (Matthew 20:17-19). He is all loving because He was willing to die for us and conquer death through His resurrection (John 11:25-26).
1 Corinthians 15 also talks about the resurrected body we will have because of Jesus' death and resurrection. Read 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Does Jesus' resurrection give you hope? How do you feel about the fact you will someday get a new heavenly body, in eternity?
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