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Lord, help me not to be daunted by the difficulties of the tasks ahead of me, nor to be discouraged when the going is tough and I make mistakes. Let me think of you and the claim by the apostle that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. I ask it through Jesus Christ. AMEN
Lord God I pray that you will prosper the work of research scientists who are exploring new fields of human knowledge. Help them to obtain sufficient funding to pursue their work, and patience and persistence to carry on when the going seems to be hard and fruitless. For Christ’s sake. AMEN
Lord, help me today to see beauty in dreary places, to hear laughter where there is misery, to inspire hope where there is only despair, to latch on to truth wherever it is evident, to encourage creativity wherever it is showing, and to share joy with all who rejoice. In Christ’s name. AMEN
“Someone will ask, ‘How can the dead be raised to life? What kind of body will they have?”
1 Cor 15:35 GNB
The question of life after death has baffled people all along. Paul is anxious to scotch any suggestion of the immortal soul being released from the physical body as the Greek philosophers had taught. With the resurrection of Jesus having taken place so recently, and the apostle’s preaching having centred so determinedly on Christ’s resurrection, this is where Paul anchors his answer to their question. The resurrection body of believers will be similar to that of Jesus. He was the same person, but looked different. Mary failed to recognize him on Easter Day in the Garden. But he was not mistaken for Pontius Pilate or any other known person. He was himself. Furthermore he could communicate by speech with all the disciples, and they with him. But he was not bound by the limitations of space and time as he had been before his crucifixion. He popped up here, there, and everywhere. He was now in a different form of body that was appropriate to the resurrection life he was inaugurating. Also it was a glorified body, made new and reconstituted by a miracle of God. It could not be compared with anything else. But it was not the old body. Lazarus came back in a revivified body. Lazarus would get old and die. Not the risen Jesus. He had passed into a new order. And when in his infinite wisdom he chooses to bring in that great afterlife we will be in a mode of being in which we will know and communicate with God. Until then we trust ourselves and others to God .
Lord, thank you for the hope of future life in Christ.
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