On: September 9, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. Jesus said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. Luke 24:37-43
If Christians are going to live forever, it’s worth pondering what sort of body we’re going to have. The apostle Paul does just this in 1 Corinthians 15:35-54.
The risen Jesus seems to have been able to appear and disappear at will, and He was not instantly recognisable (Mary thought he was the gardener – John 20:15). Yet, the disciples could touch His pierced hands and He joined them for some fish and chips. These suggest that His resurrected body had an appearance and function not dissimilar to His earthly body, yet was not restricted by time and space. And OUR bodies, if we name Jesus as Lord, will be like His.
Of what are these new bodies constructed? Our earthly bodies are made from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7). They are mortal, finite and, as we all know know, subject to decay and frustration. Our heavenly bodies, by contrast will be spiritual, eternal and glorious. Scientists, as far as I am aware, have not as yet been able to explore how they are made up!
How will these new bodies come about? Paul uses the example of plants as an illustration. What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 1 Corinthians 15:36,37
To gain our heavenly bodies we first need to die. For our earthly bodies are like seeds, which will only grow into the trees they promise, once they have died. With this insight, death is transformed from being the end of life to the gateway to eternity with a new heavenly body.
Father God, transform my view of death and give me confidence that, however unwelcome the process of dying, beyond lies eternal joy in your presence experienced with the freedom of Jesus’s resurrection body. Amen