Scripture reading for November 26th: 1st Corinthians 15-16
The resurrection is foreign to anything our mind can truly understand. Death seems to the natural eye to be irreversible. Doctors can treat a person with disease or aging, but they can’t keep them from dying, and raising someone from the dead so that he will never die has not yet happened.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.” (1st Corinthians 15:3-6)
At the heart of the Gospel message is Christ’s resurrection. First Jesus appeared to Mary at the tomb. (John 20:13-18) Then Peter saw the Lord and then the Twelve, minus Judas, saw Him. (Mark 16:14) The two disciples saw Him on the road to Emmaus. (Luke 24:31-32) Thomas got to put his fingers in the holes of Jesus’ body and became a believer. (John 20:26-28) Finally, Jesus appeared to over 500 brothers at the same time! (1st Corinthians 15:16)
Not only has Christ been raised from the dead, but all who believe in Him will also be raised from the dead! Christ’s resurrection guarantees our resurrection. “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (1st Corinthians 15:20-22)
Paul wrote that our resurrection was like the planting of a seed. A seed goes into the ground and dies and at the proper time germinates producing a new plant. At death, our body is sown into the ground in weakness and decay but it will be raised in glory. It is sown as perishable. It will be raised a spiritual body that lives forever! (1st Corinthians 15:42-44) This change will happen at the “last trumpet”! In a split second, the perishable body will raised and death will be swallowed up by victory in Christ’s eternal life! What a glorious day that will be!