The Resurrection Body

Opening Prayer: 

God, thank you that you make all things new, including the body, and giving us a glimpse of what our heavenly bodies will be like.

 

Read: I Corinthians 15:42-43 (NIV)

“So, will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.”

 

Reflect: 

Given that we won’t be sitting on clouds playing harps for the rest of eternity, it is exciting news to know that there is a transformation of our bodies into something imperishable, glorious and powerful. It would be difficult enough to get the maximum experience of heaven in the relatively able body I have now, never mind a body with another forty or fifty years on it. For those who deal with physical abnormalities or physical limitations in this world, they long for the day when their earthly body is transformed into the heavenly. Imagine what that day will be like for those who currently don’t have full use of their body due to paralysis or those who don’t have full use of all five senses. They will be absolutely ecstatic! All of us will, for the first time, not be limited by a body sown in weakness but empowered to experience eternity.

 

Apply: 

Paul’s treatise on resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 offers us the best insights in all of the Bible on our coming resurrection. I think there are two notable things worth dwelling on in the verses above. The first would be that the physicality of the resurrection body speaks to the physicality of heaven. We often uncritically or naively think of heaven as some ethereal nonphysical place; however, if this was true, we wouldn’t need a body to enjoy it with. Second, the fact that God does not scrap our bodies for something else underscores the great importance that the body has to God. God has decided that our soul’s best mode of existence is to inhabit a body and this should have profound ramifications for how we treat our bodies and the bodies of others.

 

Closing Prayer: 

God, thank you for the hope of resurrection. Help me to eagerly anticipate the resurrection of our bodies, the exchange of earthly bodies for something far greater.

Terry Schneider