Last week, I published the first part of a two-part series (this is not part-two) that proclaimed that you are more than your body. As our bodies break down from chronic illness and we struggle with acceptance over our appearance or physical capabilities that is an important reminder. We are spiritual beings with self-aware minds. Our value is not rooted in our body image.
However, it is also true that our bodies are important to God. God did not simply die for your soul, but also your body. In the great resurrection passage that is 1 Corinthians 15, Paul argues that our future resurrection is like Jesus’. When Jesus returns, our bodies will be raised and transformed:
“So it will be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable; it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body” (1 Cor. 15:42-44).
Think about this from the perspective of those of us with chronic illness. We exchange perishable for imperishable, dishonor for glory, weakness for power, natural body for spiritual body.
This means that we really are raised just as Jesus was. But the past reality of Jesus’ resurrection means a future reality for his disciples where all pain and suffering is replaced with glory and immortality! Praise God for he is risen! He is risen indeed!