Resurrection Brings Me to Earth

GodReflection: Power Word Wednesday

garyguarujaThe God Reflection post provides me with a way to process thoughts through writing.

Through reading and re-reading Scripture, I continue to learn about my walk through this present reality called judge1earth and about my future reality also called earth.

I stand amazed how much God tells me in Scripture about a resurrected earth and lament the fact it is only in the past two or three years that I’ve begun to grasp it.

That is not to say I have eternity all figured out. I suspect that I understand less than a glimpse of what I read in Scripture about God’s promises of a resurrected heaven and earth—not to mention a resurrected me.

I’m confident the eternal reality will bring God’s fullness to completion in ways that are a gazillion times grander than my little human brain can possibly imagine.

All of the above hangs upon the resurrected Jesus.

In the New Testament, the author of the first letter to followers of Jesus in the city of Corinth, defines the gospel—the good news—as resurrection.

resurrection3As I read anew the fifty-eight verses of chapter fifteen I understand why Paul, an apostle of Jesus, can make the case that Jesus’ death and resurrection stands in the category of “first importance”.

The apostle paints for me the promise of my own resurrection if only I  continue to trust Jesus with my current reality and with my future.

If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. . . . So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised 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.

resurrection4Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

My work is my walk.

My work is to go through life spreading the glow of Jesus. There are days when I don’t do that well.

Yet with my eyes returning to his, after each distracted look I take at the rocks in my path, there is something about the promise of life in the presence of the resurrected Jesus that keeps the movement of my feet and my heart in forward motion.

One other thought.

resurrection6If in fact the resurrection is about restoring all creation, as taught by God through the prophets and as taught by Jesus himself, will not resurrection bring me to walk again on an earth restored to perfection and a new body sustained eternally by the tree of life?

That alone should make resurrection a power word to motivate my walk.

In my life I find the anticipation of resurrection makes my walk on earth an experience powered by the life of the resurrected Jesus.

It is a trust in the resurrection that make it a rather powerful word don’t you think?

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Resurrection as a Power Word.


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