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Thursday in Easter Week

The Resurrection of the Body

The bodily resurrection of Jesus is up for debate certain biblical scholars and theologians. Today’s reading from the Gospel of Luke leaves little doubt, however:

While the disciples were talking about how they had seen Jesus risen from the dead, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.  (Luke 24:36-42)

Christianity is not Eastern mysticism. It is not about the destruction of the self. It is not about being entrapped in a human form and trying to escape. Christianity is about the resurrection of the body and the soul. Jesus was raised up bodily. We will also be raised in bodily form along with Him provided that we believe in Him.

Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you. (Romans 8:10-12)

Is His Spirit living in us? If we do not have the Holy Spirit then we do not have eternal life with God. The Spirit is Holy. We must live Holy. Without holiness no one will see God. We must lead righteous lives. Righteousness is not optional, even for Christian believers. In fact, Christian belief makes righteousness possible. The psalmist wrote:

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
    that I may enter through them
    and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord;
    the righteous shall enter through it.   (Psalm 118:19-20)

By His death and resurrection Jesus has open for us the gates of righteousness. We must walk through it and remain on the path. The Spirit will lead us into all truth, but we must follow the Spirit. Are we listening to that still, small voice dwelling within us?

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Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent

A New Heaven and a New Earth

When Jesus went into Cana the first time he changed water into wine at a wedding feast, showing how a ceremonial cleansing must give way to the actual cleansing of sin by his blood. On his second entry into Cana Jesus raised the royal official’s son from the dead. This second sign or miracle has to do with the resurrection of the  body to newness of life in Jesus. We read:

The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my little boy dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.”   (John 4:49–52)

The first miracle had to do with a marriage feast. The second miracle had to do with another marriage feast, the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. Are we ready for this Marriage Feast? This feast will help usher in a new Earth which will be decidedly changed from the world that we know now. Isaiah writes:

The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD. (Isaiah 65:25)

There is so much concern today about the environment. While it is true that we should be good stewards of the environment, we cannot prevent this Earth from wearing out. This wearing out is part of God’s plan. The Prophet Isaiah wrote that this world will “wear out like a garment” (Isaiah 51:6).

I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;

the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.   (Isaiah 65:17-18)

We must not worship the creation, but rather the creator.

Thanks be to God that the old earth will pass away. Yet the Lord has said that his Word will never pass away.

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