February 17

1 Corinthians 15:35-38

“‘But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.’” vss. 35-36

Among those who believe that there is life beyond death, there is sometimes curiosity about the nature of that new life. People wonder whether their loved ones can see them, some even consult mediums in hopes of making a connection. Often they find reassurance from the psychic and are told that their loved one is at peace–sometimes they are told of reunions with those who have died in the past. Others are convinced that the one who has died is “looking down” on them from above. Often we’ll hear descriptions of the new life that imply that it will be a continuation of what gives us joy now. Paul indicates in rather forceful terms that the resurrected life will be totally different and that we don’t really have a clue about what it’s like. Just as carrot seeds bear no resemblance to carrots, so it will be in the life to come. Our physical bodies will be exchanged for spiritual ones, and for Paul that’s all we need to know. And perhaps he’s right! Our language works well in describing that which we know and have experienced. It’s pretty useless in painting a picture of that which is beyond experience. Perhaps the best we can do is say that we will continue to be in Christ and at peace, and maybe that’s all we need to know!

Thought for the Day: What do I hope for in the new life?

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