The Apostle Paul was speaking to the Corinthians in I Cor 15:42-50, about the resurrection of the body. The Apostles Creed states we believe in the resurrection of the body. In my understanding of the term, it does not mean that when I die I am going to be absorbed into a big mass of a being or that I am going to become like God, but rather that the body I have now, which is confined to this earth, is going to be changed. I will look a lot like I do here, so that others who knew me in this world will know me in the kingdom of heaven, but at the same time, I will be different. Paul talks about the perishable and imperishable natures of both. I would prefer to talk about the resurrection of the body from a perspective of what it can and cannot do in this world.
When Jesus died and was resurrected, he looked like any person would on the road to Emmaus, at the tomb when Mary Magdalene saw him, and when he appeared to others. He also still carried the marks of the nails and the marks from where his body was pierced by the spear and blood and water poured out. He was still showing the marks of being scourged and the marks from the punishment for our sins that he bore. He looked human when Mary saw him in the garden and thought he was the gardener.
When Jesus walked with the disciples on the road to Emmaus, he walked and talked with them as if he were a normal person. We are told that their eyes were kept from recognizing him. Later, when they invited him to join them at their house, he blessed and broke the bread. It was then that they realized who he was.
When he appeared in the upper room after his resurrection, we are told that the doors were locked and barred. Yet he came and stood among them without going through the door. His body, while it had form, was not restricted as our bodies are. His body was perishable until his death, and then it was changed to imperishable. We will all be given the same body some day when we are resurrected. It will be one that is not bound by walls or doors, yet one that others will recognize who we are when they see it. We will all have glorified bodies. Just think – no more pain, no more sorrow, no more doubting. Jesus died so that we can live. Remember the scripture that says “by his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5 KJV and I Peter 2:24 NIV). As we live our lives, we should live them for Jesus. Then when our time has come and gone, we will be with Jesus, and we will all have a new body. I can hardly wait. What about you?
-Pastor Katherine Behrens, Wallis Run United Methodist Charge
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