Daily D – 2 Corinthians 5:1-5
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. (NLT)
Physical pain is an alert notifying us that something is wrong. It is also a promise that something very good is coming.
An emerging leader in a nearby church called one day. His father was dying. The family was trying to determine whether to have a traditional funeral with embalming and a casket or cremation. Since he was the closest thing to a theologian in the family, he was given the responsibility to provide guidance for resolving this question. That’s when he called me.
When I realized what he was asking, my first thought was how I wished he had called his pastor. He called me because he felt embarrassed at not knowing the right call to make. He didn’t want his pastor to see what he perceived to be a lack of maturity on his part.
It’s good to begin at the beginning with this question. Consider Genesis 2:7:
“Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.”
Ezekiel 37 is also a good passage to ponder. John 11 advances the story. Of course, Jesus’ resurrection is the coup de grace for death.
Since these morning missives are deliberately brief and hopefully focused, let’s notice a couple of things. “God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.”
God can do more with dust than we can with embalming. Egyptian mummies are nicely preserved. What is preserved are the earthly remains after the person died. While this is impressive, no one took dust and created a man or woman from it. We can preserve remains, only God can create life out of dust and wind. Which reminds me of a song from 1978. (Dust in the Wind by Kansas, [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH2w6Oxx0kQ])
My morning aches and pains and my increasing reliance on medical procedures to keep me moving and standing up straight are a telegraphed message from heaven. Something better – much, much better – is coming. We will move out of tent into a house constructed by the Master Carpenter of all creation.
There are a few dozen unanswered questions accompanying these Bible texts. There is one certain conclusion. Our resurrection bodies do not depend on the dust and wind of our present modes of existence. When God makes all things new, this will include a whole new you.
My sore shoulder, stiff neck, and aching back make me smile in anticipation of God’s Body Shop Version 2.0.
I will live in anticipation of more than dust and wind.
Our Father, thank you for showing us what you can do with mere dust and wind. Thank you for what you will do with all the resources of heaven for what comes next. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.