Death, Heavenly Bodies & Beauty.

Today I was led to 1 Corinthians 15 am in awe. I had never read this chapter before that I can remember or at least never with these eyes.

“But someone will ask, ‘In what manner are the dead raised? What sort of body do they have?’ When you sow a seed, it doesn’t come alive unless it first dies. Also what you sow is not a body that will be, but a bare seed of, say, wheat or something else; but God gives it the body he intended for it; and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. Not all living matter is the same living matter; on the contrary, there is one kind for human beings, another kind of living matter for animals, another for birds and another for fish. Further, there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies; but the beauty of heavenly bodies is one thing, while the beauty of earthly bodies is something else. The sun has one kind of beauty, the moon another, the stars yet another; indeed, each star has its own individual kind of beauty.

So it is with the resurrection of the dead. When the body is “sown”, it decays; when it is raised, it cannot decay. When sown, it is without dignity; when raised, it will be beautiful. When sown, it is weak; when raised, it will be strong. When sown, it is an ordinary human body; when raised, it will be a body controlled by the Spirit. In fact, the Tanakh says so: Adam, the first man, became a living human being; but the last “Adam” has become a life-giving Spirit. Note, however, that the body from the Spirit did not come first, but the ordinary human one; the one from the Spirit comes afterwards. The first man is from the earth, made of dust; the second man is from heaven. People born of dust are like the man of dust, and people born from heaven are like the man from heaven; and just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, so also we will bear the image of the man from heaven.

Let me say this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot share in the Kingdom of God, nor can something that decays share in what does not decay. Look, I will tell you a secret– not all of us will die! But we will all be changed! It will take but a moment, the blink of an eye, at the final shofar. For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised to live forever, and we too will be changed. For this material which can decay must be clothed with imperishability, this which is mortal must be clothed with immortality. When what decays puts on imperishability and what is mortal puts on immortality, then this passage in the Tanakh will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin; and sin draws its power from the Tanakh; but thanks be to God, who gives us the Victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ)! So, my dear brothers, stand firm and immovable, always doing the Lord’s work as vigorously as you can, knowing that united with the Lord your efforts are not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 35-58

Our earthly bodies may decay but our heavenly bodies will never decay. Because of Jesus our spirits are born!

Thank you, Jesus!

Our heavenly bodies will be eternal, beautiful, strong, & controlled by the Spirit; no longer warring against our flesh! That struggle will be over. We will taste Victory.

Taste & see that the Lord is good!

A Heavenly Metamorphosis. The church, His Bride, will ascend into His arms. The living and those who have passed will rise up!

Death, where is your sting?

The cocoon will finally be shed once and for all and our spirits will live eternally in our beautiful & strong heavenly bodies.

Don’t weep for me
I am on my way to see Jesus
As you’re sitting here my soul births into His Kingdom
The birth pains, long slow and fierce
but in the unseen Heaven’s angels await
Our stomach turns at the thought of losing
but all of heaven welcomes home a child
This body was always meant to be a cacoon
This body was always meant to be a cocoon
this earth was merely a womb
on the other side of eternity births a heavenly body
a Metamorphosis
With new wings learning how to fly
Jesus arms steady us with a full embrace
a moment He died on the cross and rose again to have
We’ll see each other again someday
as long as we say, “I do” to the marriage proposal from Jesus
and accept His endless unmeasurable love and grace.

 

++Photo from article “Do Modern Jews believe in Resurrection of the Dead” by Rabbi Evan Moffic.