So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is 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. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 ESV
Illness, injury, aging, and death are all enemies of our physical bodies. But this will not always be so. For believers, there is the hope of the resurrection from the dead when we will be given new bodies that are free from these enemies. We will all have heavenly, eternal bodies that do not age, weaken, or die.
The fact of the resurrection of the dead is the great hope for followers of Jesus. Jesus’ resurrection was the demonstration to us that our hope is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:13-14). Death is no longer a terminus, but rather a junction – a doorway to a new life with a new, perfect body. What a wonderful reality awaits us on the other side of the door!
- Jesus rose from the dead as proof that what He promised us will come to pass. What do the following passages say about Christ’s resurrection? — John 20:24-31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22
- Just as Jesus rose from the dead with a new, eternal body, so will His followers. What is said in the following passages about the resurrection? — John 11:25-26; 1 Corinthians 15:35-44; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18
Question to ponder: How does the reality of death and the hope of the resurrection impact your daily life and leadership?
Passages for further reflection: John 5:24-26; John 6:38-40