What the Resurrection Means to Me

 “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”2 Corinthians 5:8 "What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever. But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed." (NLT)— 1 Corinthians 15:50-51

This life is a short journey, preparing the way for something greater. If we could get that idea into our hearts and minds our perspectives will dramatically change.

When Paul got it, a great mystery had been solved. The meaning of the Resurrection hit him. Flesh and blood cannot inherit a spiritual kingdom. We can't move into a perfect realm in our current state of being. Our perishable, corruptible bodies have to move into an imperishable, incorruptible state. Our mortal lives have to be transformed into immortality.

That's when Paul said (and you can feel his excitement), "Death shall be swallowed up in victory!"

He went on to cry exultantly, "Death, where is your sting? Where is your victory?"

The purpose for Jesus' death was clear now! Paul understood. He couldn't wait to tell others.

It really is good news!

 For me, after the loss of people I love, this was a wonderful revelation. When I, like Paul, finally grasped the power of the Resurrection, life took on new meaning.

Just days ago, my wonderful Mom went to heaven. Our family will miss her terribly. I am comforted by her favorite verse, which is 2 Corinthians 5:8: “To be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

Oh to imagine her with the Lord is encouraging and comforting. I know one day I will see her again.

Jesus taught us, "I am the way, the truth and the light." He also said, "I am the light of the world."

He is the way to heaven. He is the truth that exposed death as a powerless, defeated enemy. He is the light that can push away the clouds. In Him we can be free of fear. In Him we can find the peace that passes understanding. That's what the Resurrection means.

In Him we can truly live.

Hallelujah!

 

 

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