Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:12-58
Observation: Paul speaks of the truth and importance of the resurrection, the hope of the Christian faith. Without it, there would be no eternal life, but only fear of what’s to come. He finishes by talking about our resurrected bodies – and how they’re vastly different than our human bodies.
Application: “In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.”
I read those thirteen words – the opening line of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” – hundreds of times growing up. Like every other kid, I was fascinated with how a caterpillar became a butterfly, the transformation from an indistinct, legless animal to a beautiful, free, seemingly weightless animal. How is that type of transformation possible? It’s a transformation so vibrant, so complete that the new creature is completely free from any distinguishing features of the past.
Just as Eric Carle wrote about a transformation, Paul did, too. And this transformation is even more incredible than a caterpillar into a butterfly – it’s a transformation of our earthly bodies into heavenly ones.
The resurrection, the foundation of our faith, provides us hope of a beautiful transformation, an eternal future.
“Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.” (verse 22)
Without the resurrection, we’d be left hopeless and homeless.
Without the resurrection, death could have power over us.
Without the resurrection, all of the suffering and trials we endure are all for nothing.
Because of the resurrection, we have hope. We have freedom. It isn’t death that defines us, but the resurrection that restores us.
“It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.” (verses 42-43)
Our earthly bodies – buried in brokenness, risen in strength. We are healed beyond our capacity to understand; we are no longer bound to this world.
“For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (verses 56-57)
Through death on this earth and eternal life in Christ, we find the ultimate victory – a transformation worth cheering for.
Prayer: God, thank you for the promise of the resurrection. Thank you for giving us your Son and an eternal hope that’s far greater than anything we could hope for in this life. Amen.