What comes from a kernel of corn? Simply another kernel?
Consider how from a single corn kernel comes this magnificent plant that grows 6 to 9 feet tall. From this single stalk comes one or two ears with with hundreds and hundreds of more kernels. The point being that when the kernel dies, it does come back as simply a kernel. But as a whole new larger, fruitful life.
Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)
In Corinthians 15, Paul addresses what does a resurrection life look like. We affirm that because Jesus Christ is the first born from the dead we also will be resurrected from the dead.
What is promised to us in the resurrection from the dead is so much more than simply more life. We will not simply be the continuation of life in this form. The life we have here on earth is defined by its limitations and imperfections. Perishable, dishonor, weakness. Stained by volatility, sin, and death.
When Christ is resurrected beyond death he is clothed with life beyond. He is a glimpse of heaven. This promise that we will abide at the length of our days in God’s Sabbath rest means that we will enjoy unending presence with God. The life of God will swell our every moment.
The resurrected life is a life of uninterrupted joy, holiness, and life. The resurrection life is a non-stop, ceaseless flow of the absolute best moments of your life when you felt most alive, most valued, most sacred, most joyful. This absolute joy is the every moment reality of resurrection life. Life in heaven is one of glory, power, immortality. Infused with eternity, holiness and life.
“The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable.” (1 Co 15:42)
As we go through all the fear and uncertainty of this season, we are reminded that this life is passing away. We have been promised nothing less than a heaven. This resurrected future gives us courage to face each and every difficulty. We know Christ holds our eternal future in his hands.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7