sun 2009

Lord, you never had any intention of leaving your dead body in that tomb. You told your disciples this repeatedly. You are life. Once you had wrapped your deity in human flesh, your body would not undergo decay—it had been written (Ps. 16:10).

You would revivify that body and wear it for all eternity, glorified now, illustrating how you intend to transform our dead bodies when you return again. Metamorphosis! This gives us hope. Death looms ahead of us all.

Like you, our bodies may be battered, ruined, and destroyed before we cross that final threshold. Relieving us of our fear and anxiety about these fragile jars of clay, you conquered death in every possible way.

Resurrection was always the plan. Resurrection of your body. Resurrection of our spiritually dead lives. Future resurrection of our bodies to be like yours. For dead people, this is a great relief. You are our hope.

Resurrection and eternal life are so intimately connected to you that they are embodied in you, Lord, and can only be found in relationship with you—you are the resurrection and the life, you told Martha right before you raised Lazarus (John 11:25-26). Whoever trusts in you will never die.

Sunday morning the miracle occurred; your spirit reentered your dead flesh. Your radiant body burst forth, imprinting all with your glorious light. Ever orderly, Creator of the universe, you folded the cloth that had covered your face. You stood.

Alive again! Deity proven! Justification secured for your beloved! Vindicated!

Starting with the faithful women, your resurrected self was witnessed by hundreds and on multiple occasions (1 Corinth. 15:3-11). You ate and talked and taught, explaining again, reviewing it all. Formerly hopeless disciples were now vibrant eyewitnesses to the greatest event in history. These men and women went out to change the world.

Your resurrection altered everything.

Thank you! I believe! I cherish everything about you and every way you did it!

Resurrect my dead body, too, one day. Call me forth from the grave. With Paul, I say, make me like you in every way, in death and in resurrection (Philippians 3:9-11). With Peter, I say, put me back together and restore me (1 Peter 5:10).

“Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21 NIV).