Have you ever experienced the pain of losing a loved one? It’s one of the worst feelings in the world, yet it happens to everyone. There’s no way to avoid it; death is simply a part of life. Our bodies were only made to withstand so much, and they eventually give in to death one way or another. But what if one day, they didn’t have to? We know that Jesus was resurrected after his death, but did you know that’s His plan for all of us as well? The scriptures tell us that we will one day be resurrected in glory, just as He was!
1 Corinthians 15:20 (NKJV) says “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” “Firstfruits” is a term that was used to describe the first offering that a harvest produced, often sacrificed as an offering to God. The term also indicated that many crops would follow. Jesus couldn’t be the “firstfruit” if no one else was going to be resurrected. So, Jesus being described as the firstfruit tells us that we are going to be following suit, and that we will be resurrected one day!
When Jesus was crucified, it was done by professionals. Those who wanted him dead made sure that the job was done right. They even assigned guards to his tomb to ensure that his body was not stolen. Yet, despite all of their efforts, Jesus came back to life. Did you know that unlike every other religious figure, no one has ever been able to locate the bones of Jesus? It’s because once he was resurrected, his body ascended into heaven. Although our resurrection is not going to be quite like that, we are going to have our physical bodies replaced with spiritual bodies. 1 Corinthians 15:50 (NKJV) says that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” Can you imagine trying to keep up with God with your physical body? If your physical body is like an acorn, the spiritual body you will have when resurrected will be like an oak tree!
It can be hard to see death as anything other than scary, but God’s word tells us that we have nothing to fear! It says, “The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor 15:26 NKJV); death itself will be overcome! When that day comes, we can look death in the face and taunt it the way it used to taunt us!
Dr. Derek Grier
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