I often wonder about death. This could be that an end to any part of the prototypical man, death, was not on the board. Death was given as a release from the bondage of the physical due to the sin of the spirit. We believe, based on the Bible, that trust in Christ sets both spirit and flesh on the course of total redemption of body, soul and spirit as per numerous passages, most prominent to me 1 Corinthians 15.
The resurrection body of Christ is of flesh and bone as He said, Luke 24:39, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”
Commenting on Christ’s resurrection Augustine wrote, “I don’t care to inquire why they cannot believe an earthly body can be in heaven, while the whole earth is suspended on nothing.”
Phillips Brookes, who gave us O Little Town of Bethlehem, also blessed us with this piece:
“Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right...”
~Phillips Brooks, An Easter Carol
When the resurrection of Christ breaks in all its truth upon our stony heart, we are flooded with a courage that cannot be stifled. You may have your Easter Bunnies, I will take Christ walking out of the tomb.
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