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The Hope You Have in the Resurrection

A lawyer’s dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers. —Samuel Butler

Have you ever seen a chrysanthemum seed? They look like little brownish shriveled up things. But, if you take that seed and you bury it in the dirt, what happens? You get this amazing flower—totally unlike the seed that was planted.

But someone may ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. (1 Corinthians 15:36-38)

Do you see what Paul is getting at here? If our body (usually little brownish shriveled up things) dies, how will God raise us and what will we look like when that happens? We are foolish to even ask the question, because the difference between what dies and what is resurrected is as different as the chrysanthemum seed is from its flower.

I think it’s fair to let our imaginations run with this for a little while, because I believe that our new bodies will be beyond anything that we can imagine.

Holy Spirit, open my mind, please, to be able to imagine—even just a little bit—what life will be like with You once I shed this body of flesh. Amen.

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