I recently returned a phone call and was greeted by this surprising message “Lyle’s Comfortable Coffins. We’ve never had a complaint yet! Leave a message.” I’ve never met Lyle, but I have a feeling he is a colorful personality with a strange sense of humor. However, his message got me thinking. I don’t suppose the dead do a lot of complaining. In fact, I wonder why do we spend so much time and money making the dead look good and laying them to rest in comfortable coffins and hermetically sealed vaults. (Some I understand come, with a 30-year money back guarantee!) I wonder who’s going to collect on that if a tree root causes a crack after 20 years.
The writer of Ecclesiastes puts it this way All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust (Ecclesiastes 3:20). These earthly bodies are not meant to last; they are just a seed. They are just loaners. Some of the Corinthian Christians were wandering about these very questions and Paul gives us these encouraging words of explanation; 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. We’ve been promised a new body, like Christ’s resurrection body (I Corinthians 15:20) But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. We’re going to be in our new bodies for all of eternity. It will never wear out or become diseased.
So to be honest, when I’m through with it, I don’t really care what my family chooses to do with this old body. Whatever kind of box they put me in will be OK. I’m not going to complain, because I’m not going to need it anymore. I’ve got a brand new, heavenly version waiting!
Have a great week!
March 25th - Palm Sunday – Cantata; Thursday, March 29th – Maundy Thursday Service; Saturday, Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 AM; Sunday, April 1st - Sunrise Service 7:30 AM; Sunday, April 1st Fellowship Breakfast 8:30 AM; Sunday, April 1 - Celebration Service 10:00 AM
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