Our bodies matter to God in the present and the future. Resurrection is God’s way of confirming what we discovered in the beginning, in our origin story in Genesis 1-3, we are good and we are the beloved of God! These bodies we live in matter. Now and later. From inside a global pandemic, we do not lose heart, because we are not just looking for resurrection, we are finding it! God’s extraordinary love and power are revealed in human flesh. Resurrection is relentless even during a crisis, maybe especially during times like these. May we bring light into these dark times.
I Corinthians 15:1-8 and II Corinthians 4:7-11
Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News… I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. Christ was buried, and Christ was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. Christ was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, Christ was seen by more than 500 followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then Christ was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (NLT)
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed;
Perplexed, but not driven to despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken;
Struck down, but not destroyed;
Always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.
For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh.
So we do not lose heart.- 2 Corinthians 4:7-11 &16 (NRSV)