Day 264


'If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.' I Corinthians 15:17

It would appear that the resurrection of the body is not a good idea. Philosophers through the ages have reasoned that the body houses all that is bad in people: Sickness, pain, fatigue, the limitations of the spirit, all these and more can be ascribed to our physical bodies. Why did God insist on the resurrection of the body? Why not just the resurrection of the spirit?

When Adam and Eve sinned, they sinned as body and spirit. When Christ paid the penalty for that sin, He had to die in both body and spirit. This necessitated the Incarnation. Jesus was resurrected in both body and spirit, for it would be unthinkable that God would die, remain in the grave, and not be resurrected.

Jesus' resurrected body differed from the resurrection of Lazarus in a number of ways. If you wanted to talk with Lazarus after his resurrection, you could probably find him in Bethany; if you wanted Jesus, you could not find Him unless He wanted to be found. He came and disappeared at will. Lazarus, after his resurrection, had to face death again. Not so for Jesus; He lives forever in an incorruptible state. Your resurrection from the dead at that great day will be like that of Jesus rather than Lazarus. You will live with Him clothed in an incorruptible body. Pain, sickness, sin, old age, none of these will again touch you. Christ has been raised from the dead and so will you; your faith is not futile.

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