Easter Sunday April 12, 2009
We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51.
As we found on Good Friday, the Bible League diary tends to ignore the events of the church calendar, in today’s case Easter Sunday—perhaps vying with Christmas day as the most important event. The text I selected today is one that some comic placed on a church nursery door! But its real truth is supported by Jesus’ own resurrection—as he conquered death, so we who believe are also guaranteed victory over death. And as the flower is different from the seed which produces it, so our new bodies will be greatly enhanced in beauty and function. Read the whole chapter, it is an exciting portrait of our future.
I recall my father comparing the caterpillar and the butterfly. Although not a scriptural comparison, it is never-the-less a remarkable symbol of resurrection. Caterpillars, though some are attractive and some not so, are all earthbound, living a mundane and perilous existence close to the ground. But they all, after sleeping in a cocoon, awake to a glorious body, free to fly the heavens and spread their gorgeous new plumage.
Those of us with infirmities—mine I trust is temporary—long for the day of resurrection when our new makeover will free us from the setbacks of life. The greater the adversity of life, the greater the longing for that resurrection day when our frail bodies will be translated into a new and glorious life. While we celebrate the release from judgment by the death of Jesus on Good Friday, his resurrection on Easter Sunday is the guarantee, not only of our freedom from sin, but also our own resurrection to new life