The scripture for today is 1 Corinthians 15:35-44, NIV.
The Resurrection Body
35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.
42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
On this day after Easter, it is appropriate for us to talk about what resurrection will be like? Because of the glorious Easter story, we are promised a bodily resurrection from death.
In these verses, Paul uses the imagery of a seed to give us a picture of the resurrection. A farmer doesn’t sow a seed expecting to reap it in the same form – he anticipates transformation. A dry, dull-looking seed doesn’t stay as a seed. It becomes wheat, a tree, flowers, or vegetables.
This is sort of what the resurrection will be like. When Jesus returns, you won’t be resurrected as a decayed corpse. You also won’t be resurrected frozen in time at whatever age you died or at your physical best. It’s going to be better; we just can’t understand it. Your resurrected body will be you, but it will be transformed. It’ll be as different as a flower is from its original seed.
Just as the seed buried in the ground becomes a beautiful plant, so an earthly body put into the ground in death, or scattered across the oceans, will become a body designed for the heavens, an imperishable body, no longer subject to decay. That is what Paul is teaching us here.
Right now, we have a body suited to the physical world – at the resurrection we’ll have a body suited to the spiritual world.
Are you having trouble envisioning this idea? Paul’s point is don’t limit God! Don’t dismiss the resurrection just because you can’t imagine it.
Creating God, You form new life from the chaos of suffering and sorrow. You hear our cries and respond with boundless grace. Open our hearts that wew might see and rejoice in the salvation You have won for us.
Prayer Concern – Those who need to hear the Easter resurrection story