As Christians, we often wonder what our bodies will be like when Christ resurrects us.  It’s certainly an awe-inspiring reality to ruminate upon.  St. Paul approached this question in his first letter to the Corinthians, and I literally laughed when I first read it.  First Corinthians 15:35 says, “But someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised?  With what kind of body do they come?’  You foolish person!  What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.  And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.  But God gives it a body as He has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.”  I just find it hilarious that Paul responds to the question with, “You foolish person!” as if the answer is so obvious.

Anyway, Paul is obviously being metaphorical, but illustrating for us a reality of the resurrection.  When Christ resurrects us, we literally receive new bodies.  We won’t have the bodies we have now.  Paul borrowed this metaphor from Jesus in John 12:24, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”  Botanically, the embryo in the seed of wheat is not dead and does not die before it germinates and grows into a mature plant.  So even if the wheat itself dies, you can still utilise one of its seeds to plant and let it grow into something new.

This life is a prelude into a greater life.  The Christian dies in this life, is planted into the ground, and at the resurrection rises as someone completely different with a literally new God-given body.

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