S (Scripture): 1 Corinthians 15:35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36 Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39 Not all flesh is alike, but there is one flesh for human beings, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one thing, and that of the earthly is another.
O (Observation): Paul spends some time explaining the afterlife. What will our bodies be like after we die? What will we be like in the resurrection?
Paul uses the metaphor of the seed. The seed must die in order for it to become a plant. The form will change from one phase to another. So, too, will our bodies be changed from an earthly form to a spiritual form.
A (Application): We place a lot of emphasis on image in this world. Our weight, our skin, our height, our clothes, our cars, our homes, etc. We have a bit of an illness as an American society regarding our consumption of products and services regarding our image (of body and property).
We should take care of our bodies and treat them as temples (as we believe the Spirit dwells in us). Yet we should not be obsessed based on what other people think. What others think should not drive our consumption of these goods and services.
In the resurrection, we will be given a new framework in which we will live and move and have our being. The earthly form will be no more. The form dies. But we will be brought into a heavenly form, perhaps that of Jesus’ form when he appears to the disciples after his resurrection. (Yes, this is conjecture…but this is the only scriptural witness we have of a post-resurrection body.)
We don’t fully know what that heavenly body will be like…but we will let go of the earthly body. We will move on.
And maybe we will look back and say:
“How silly we were…to worry so much…about so little a thing as our image. We were always made in God’s image. What more did we need?”
P (Prayer): Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we give you thanks for making us in your image. Amen.