Today’s Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58
By: Curt Grice
The easiest way to understand something unknown is to relate it to what is known. The familiar helps us comprehend the unfamiliar.
From birth, we begin to experience the physical world around us. Our senses constantly transfer information to our brains. We sort data, look for patterns, and form assumptions. We try to relate the new stuff to the old stuff as we expand our knowledge.
The Apostle Paul uses this approach when he attempts to explain the resurrection to the Christians in Corinth. In this case, however, what we know about life on earth doesn’t tell us much about life in heaven. And how can it? How can the finite comprehend the infinite? How can the temporal grasp the eternal?
According to Paul, it’s a mystery…but Jesus himself gives us clues. The disciples’ testimony about their experiences with the resurrected Lord offers some insight on the subject.
But the most important thing about the resurrection is its certainty! “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. Where, O death, is your sting? Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”
As that great theologian Johnny Cash said: when the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time shall be no more…when the saved on earth shall gather over on the other shore…on that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise…when his chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies…when the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.
There’s much we don’t know about the resurrection and heaven. But we know it will happen, and we know it will be good!