35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have when they come?” 36 You fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And as for what you sow—you are not sowing the body that will be, but only a seed, perhaps of wheat or another grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he wants, and to each of the seeds its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same flesh; there is one flesh for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is different from that of the earthly ones. 41 There is a splendor of the sun, another of the moon, and another of the stars; in fact, one star differs from another star in splendor. 42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead: Sown in corruption, raised in incorruption;43 sown in dishonor, raised in glory; sown in weakness, raised in power;44 sown a natural body, raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written, The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, then the spiritual.
47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 Like the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; like the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.
50 What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor can corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Listen, I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. 53 For this corruptible body must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body must be clothed with immortality. 54 When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place:
Death has been swallowed up in victory.
55 Where, death, is your victory?
Where, death, is your sting?
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:35-58 (CSB)
This is one of my favorite passages from the Bible. It gives me hope to keep holding on to my faith even when it seems like the world is falling apart around me. I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around the concept of coming back to life after being dead. That conjures up images of ghosts, vampires, and zombies. This isn’t some freakish Halloween display Paul is talking about. He is giving us glimpse of life being restored back to what it was before Adam and Eve sinned. Their sin brought pain and death into this world. Even creation groans because of our rebellion.
Every day it seems like another part of my body decides to give up. My back, my neck, my shoulder, my hip, and my knees all feel the burden. I realize that I am not very old but my body doesn’t always agree. I have aches and pains on daily basis. I need glasses to read and write. My sinuses are always reacting to something in the air. There are those who are in worse shape than I am so I try not to complain but the truth is, I can feel time taking its toll on me. I know that one day this body is just going to quit. That’s what excites me about this passage.
Paul says that not only will we be raised from the dead, we will be changed. We won’t get the same old broken down body we had before. We will be perfect. As much as the resurrection blows my mind, that is even harder to grasp. None of us have ever experienced a perfect body. It may sound morbid but we have been dying ever since we took our first breath. When Jesus comes back he is going to put an end to all of that. We will be made new and perfect. The earth will be made new and perfect. All of this will be a memory and I have a pretty good feeling that we’ll soon forget all about it.
What really blows me away is that Jesus will be the only one who keeps any memento from this life. We will get new, prefect bodies but he will still have the scars to show what it cost for us to have them. I can barely imagine it. Can you? We will walk in a world where there is no darkness, no sadness, no depression, no anxiety, no sickness, and no death. Hallelujah, come Lord Jesus.
Grace and peace.