So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable. —1 Corinthians 15:42
Someone asked this question online the other day: What do you look forward to seeing when you go to Heaven? The first picture that came to mind was my mom, before her body aged and a series of strokes took her away from us. Mama loved to dance, but with twelve children and a not-much-of-a-dancer husband, she rarely got the chance to dress up and go out. But that didn’t stop her fun. On Saturday nights when the Top Ten radio show came on, Mama would take to the floor with all of us younger children, dancing up a storm. So indeed, I look forward to seeing my sweet Mama in her perfect, Heavenly body.
It's a hope we can all hold on to as believers. As Paul asserts in 1 Corinthians 15, just as Christ has been raised from the dead, we too will be raised from the dead (v 20-22). Paul, knowing that the early Christians (like us today) were curious to know what form the body would take after the resurrection, explained that “the [earthly] body that is sown is perishable, [but] it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body” (43-44).
Christ’s resurrection is the cornerstone of Christian faith. So, though we’ll never see our departed loved ones in their earthly form again, we know if they were believers we will see them again, in their Heavenly splendor.
Reflection: What do you most look forward to after the resurrection?
Lord, thank you for loving me so much that you would die so that, like you, I may be resurrected and live forever in glory.
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