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Friday, May 29, 2015
The Limitless Life is Coming - Wait for it
But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?"
~1 Corinthians 15:35, ESV
Do you ever wonder about the resurrection? What will our bodies really be like then? We suffer much on this side of Heaven in our earthly bodies. Some of us have broken bodies. Some of us have broken minds. some of us have both that are broken or maybe not functioning to their highest potential. These things are hard. Will we always be this limited?
I can only think of Jesus who can relate to this limited life that has been given to us who have special needs in our midst. Many people can go and do just what they want when they want with out an incredible amount of planning, but when you have special needs, before you go and do, it requires planning and certain limits that others do not always experience. Yet in the special needs life this becomes your normal and Jesus can relate.
Jesus voluntarily limited Himself and lived a life of limits within His own flesh. He had all power, wisdom, authority without limits but He subjected Himself to extreme limits to put on flesh and live among us. This was probably harder than any of us even know but He did it because of His love for us. He did this to restore us and make all things right at the resurrection.
Jesus then allowed the men to falsely accuse Him and hang Him on the cross. Jesus died. He was buried (in the borrowed tomb) for in three days He would rise again making resurrection a reality. Resurrection that we all would now get to experience if we are found in Him.
Paul goes on to answer the question posed above about our resurrected bodies like this:
Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever.Our
bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They
are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength (1 Corinthians 15:42b-43).
Did you catch that?!
Our bodies will be raised to live forever.
Our brokenness will be raised in glory.
Our weakness will be strength.
Now that is healing. What a joy it will be to live in bodies that are unrestricted and whole! Oh that day will be bliss all because of Jesus and His choice to limit Himself to life in the flesh and death on the cross!!! This is where we can place our hope. Resurrection is coming and those of us who experience limitations of the stricter kind will appreciate this even more; a precious gift that is coming. Wait for it. For one day we will be limitless.
Pray.Lord Jesus come quickly. Help us wait faithfully for this great day. Amen.