“I will bring forth descendants from Jacob …… shall inherit it” (Isaiah 65:9).
The Egyptians who lived four thousand years ago had the faith of Resurrection. With the faith that all those who died will arise one day, they built the big pyramids as the cemetery to the Egyptian kings instead of building big palaces for them. Once the kings die their bodies will be preserved in these Pyramids.
Pitchers of milk, honey, eatables and grains were stored airtight in the pyramids with all precautions so that they are not spoiled or not consumed by the ants. These preservations are made in the faith that during the final days of the world when they rise up from death, they would eat these things to their full. The grains preserved there some three thousand four thousand years ago were taken out recently. But what a surprise! When they were sown the sprouts came out of them beautifully. They gave good yield also. Even though four thousand years had gone by the life remained in the seeds. Naturally, those seeds had been protected with God given hard shells. It proved that it had the life inside. For a seed to give out sprouts after being sown, the essential factors required for it to grow are water, sunlight and good land.
For the mortal bodies to get the life at the time of the Coming of Christ, those who died in Christ should firstly have the life which is Jesus Christ in them. That is why Paul the Apostle said: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Secondly, the power of the Holy Spirit is essential for those who died in Christ to resurrect. The same Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead will enter into the body which is like a seed and provide life to it (Romans 8:11).
So, when the Christians die, they are not burnt as the Hindus do or they are not buried as the Muslims do but we sow them as seeds for eternal life. Though we think that the bones are there inside the tombs, the life of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit are together there in those bones. Those who died in Christ shall rise from the dead with glorious body, when the trumpet is blown.
“So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in decaying state, it is raised in imperishable form. It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body” (I Corinthians 15:42-44).
Dear children of God, the faith of Resurrection is found in no other religion other than Christianity. You also will rise with life as Jesus Christ resurrected as the first fruit. At that time, as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly man. We will go out to meet Him and live with Him eternally. Praise God for this faith.
To meditate: “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection” (Revelation 20:6).