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Matthew 28:1–10 ESV
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
John 20:1–18 ESV
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.
1 Corinthians 15:50–58 ESV
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Cor 15:50-55
1 Corinthians 15:50–55 ESV
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
Isn’t it interesting that Mary at first didn’t recognise Jesus?
She was close to Jesus
Loved him
She had been following Jesus from when he cast out 7 demons from her
And she was with Jesus’ mother and her sister at the foot of the cross
Now she’s the first one to the tomb around the time of sunrise
Yet she didn’t recognise Jesus at first
There was something about the risen Jesus’ appearance that was different
Still him - she did recognise him after
But something different about his resurrected body that made Mary have to look twice.
This makes sense when we consider the nature of Jesus’ resurrection.
What makes Jesus bodily resurrection special is not just that his body was brought back to life.
It had to be more than that
After all, if that was all, then Jesus couldn’t have been called “the first-fruits of them who slept” in
And he also wouldn’t be able to be called the firstborn of the dead in and
Those verses all speak of Jesus being the first of many
So then His resurrection cannot only be his old body being brought back to life, because others were raised to life before him - in the OT and NT, like Lazarus
Jesus’ resurrection was much more than that
Rather, in Jesus’ resurrected body, human nature was restored to perfection.
Uncorrupted, beautiful, strong, magnificent, brilliant, pristine, perfect, glorious.
And this is what Paul is telling us in ...
But I believe Jesus resurrected body is even
Jesus is the firstfruits...
We will follow
He says in verse 21 “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.”
Because Jesus was raised, we know for certain that all of us who are in Him will also be raised.
And that’s not all...
In verses 40-44 Paul explains that there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies.
He says: “What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; 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.”
And in verse 49 “Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.”
Finally, verses 52-55 “For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
The physical appearance is one thing - and we can marvel at that as we try to imagine the beauty of man restored to God’s perfect design...
1 Corinthians 15:52–55 ESV
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
But for me, the most glorious thing is the fact that we will be made incorruptible - not only in body, but in soul.
I’m talking about incorruptible affections.
Perfect affections for God, untouched by any other desires or distractions
A perfect love for God and His perfect love for you and me.
1 Cor 15:52-5
And you know what? The Scripture says we get a taste of that here and now.
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
Though we cannot yet live in perfect fellowship with God, we can have an experience of that fellowship through the Holy Spirit in us.
Just as he raised Jesus to life, so also will he raise us to eternal life when we die
But even now, in our mortal bodies, the Holy Spirit gives us life, so that we can enjoy God, give Him our affections, and experience the love that He has for us.
To the praise of his glory.
Romans 8:11 ESV
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
1 Corinthians 15:49 ESV
Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:42–44 ESV
So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; 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. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
1 Corinthians 15:21 ESV
For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
1 Cor 15:42-
1 Cor 15
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