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"It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body."
- 1 Corinthians 15:44
 
Last autumn I planted some bulbs, but nothing I planted looked particularly healthy. But I have not spent these winter months fearing that my efforts were in vain.I knew there was life in what seemed lifeless.
 
I don't despair of life in a graveyard anymore than I do life in my garden. For I know that someday graveyards throughout the world will become God's gardens. The dead in Christ will be raised.
 
Now, it would be odd if . . .

"It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body."
- 1 Corinthians 15:44
 
Last autumn I planted some bulbs, but nothing I planted looked particularly healthy. But I have not spent these winter months fearing that my efforts were in vain.I knew there was life in what seemed lifeless.
 
I don't despair of life in a graveyard anymore than I do life in my garden. For I know that someday graveyards throughout the world will become God's gardens. The dead in Christ will be raised.
 
Now, it would be odd if my garden yielded only bulbs, and some roots in spring and summer. Instead it yields delightful flowers in a riot of colors and shapes. Here we see a continuity with the past. Tulip bulbs yield tulips, not turnips. And all that grows is far more wonderful than the dull plantings of the fall.
 
It is similar with the human body. "It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body." If we believe in Christ, our bodies that bear the mark of human corruption in this life are raised to resemble the body of the resurrected Savior. Because Christ's Spirit empowers the bodily life God intends for us (Rom. 8:11). The Bible also tells us that we are already "fearfully and wonderfully made" Ps. 139:14.  And at the resurrection we will have life that's even more wonderful.
 
Christian friends, Next time you see a butterfly, remember the change that Christ made in you when you put your faith in Him, then look forward with joy to the day of resurrection when your transformation will be complete.
 
When through the portals of Glory I've passed,
I shall be changed in His image at last;
I shall be like Him in beauty to shine,
Ever to live in His presence divine.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - Christ's resurrection is the guarantee of our own. 

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