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Series: Saints Gone Wild
1 Corinthians 15:35-49
What gives a widow courage as she stands beside a fresh grave? Why would anyone who is disabled be encouraged when they think of life after death? How can we see past the martyrdom of believers in the persecuted church? Where do the thoughts of young couples go when they lose their baby? What is God's final answer to pain and suffering in this world?
The answer to each of these questions is the same: the hope of bodily resurrection. We draw strength from this truth almost every day of our lives…more than we realize. It becomes the mental glue that holds our otherwise shattered thoughts together. Impossible though it may be for us to understand the details of how God is going to pull it off, we hang our hopes on the fragile threadlike thought, "Someday, He will make it right, and thank God, all this will change."
Yet, for many Christians death is disturbing. Maybe you share the sentiments of Woody Allen who states, "It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens." Like Allen, if we are honest we would have to acknowledge that death is difficult, at best. However, in 1 Cor 15:35-49, Paul declares, "When we die we have truly begun to live." In these fifteen verses, we will learn two resurrection realities that will prepare us for our eternal existence.
1. The bodily resurrection is familiar and unique (15:35-41). Throughout chapter 15 Paul argued strongly for the resurrection of the body, but he knows his teaching will spur two questions: how will God resurrect our bodies and what does a resurrection body look like? He now turns to answer these questions posed in 15:35 by a hypothetical objector: "But someone will say, 'How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?'" I'm sure you have wondered, as I have, how God will resurrect people out of the dirt. I still haven't figured out how God will put all those molecules ...
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