Some skeptic is sure to ask, “Show me how resurrection works. Give me a diagram; draw me a picture. What does this ‘resurrection body’ look like?” If you look at this question closely, you realize how absurd it is. There are no diagrams for this kind of thing. We do have a parallel experience in gardening. You plant a “dead” seed; soon there is a flourishing plant. There is no visual likeness between seed and plant. You could never guess what a tomato would look like by looking at a tomato seed. What we plant in the soil and what grows out of it don’t look anything alike. The dead body that we bury in the ground and the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different. – 1 Corinthians 15:35-38 (MSG)
Instead of trying to understand things in the currency of eternity, oftentimes we are caught up in what God is doing in the here and now. We forget. We forget that this life is but a shadow of what is to come. We have no reference point to even imagine.
In the meantime, what we can do is evaluate what he is doing in our lives. Not only in the day to day, but over the course of our lifetimes and how he grows new things out of old. Like the seed, the circumstances in our present lives cause us to die to self. We grow something new and seemingly unrelated in our future. Like the plant we are meant to be, we become something beautiful and sustaining.
What things in your life has God used as a seed? The death of such growing something new…
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