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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
- Up late, J. & H. still nastily ill, back to bed,
up at 1pm, dressed, eat, extracted stuff from the loft. Off into
Cambidge to see Sean & Abbie, Tim & Caroline & Isabell.
Had a nice time, albeit far too short. Home, did house-work type
stuff while J. / H. slept.
- Listened to a nice Gordon
sermon Changed in the twinkling of an eye on
1 Cor. 15:35-58.
- Man born of woman, is of few days, and full of
Job 14 If a man dies, will he live again ?.
- The Corinthians didn't get it - drunk the contemporary Greek
thinking. The resurrection is patterned on Christ;
If Christ has not been raised our preaching is useless, and
so is your faith, your faith is futile; you are still in
your sins etc. (
1 Cor 15) - the antithesis to Pascal's wager: If only for this life we
have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men..
- The Apostles creed: I believe in
the holy spirit, the holy catholic church, the
communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body & the life everlasting,
- Today you will be with me in paradise -
yes to prefer to be away from the body and at home with
Christ is good but there we get clothed with a new body.
- How are the dead raised ? With what kind
of body will they come - a cynical Greek view,
it's a disgusting idea - a re-animted cadaver ? - arthritic ?
- Appeal to the natural analogy of sowing
a seed to create a new plant to cover 3 points:
- The necessity of death: How foolish !
what you sow does not come to life unless it dies
- Corinthian smug self satisfaction - already you have
all you want
(4:8) - Kingship is on the other
side of the grave. To wear the crown you have to
bear the cross. Unless a kernel of wheat falls
to the ground and dies - it remains only a single
seed, but if it dies it becomes many seeds. The man
who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates
his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
- Is it 'just a spiritual resurrection' ? - no.
The continuity & discontinuity. While
the seed doesn't really die - it seems to disintegrate;
it gives an impression of dying. When you sow,
you don't plant the body that will be, but just a seed,
perhaps of wheat or of something else: continuity
plant an acorn - you don't get a maple tree: it's still
you. Discontinuity - death; God gives it a body as he
- All flesh is not the same: Men,
animals, birds, fish - God creates amazing diversity.
The sun, moon, stars are all different - and radically
different from us - none of us wanders around shining. God
is incredibly creative and can do it.
- A huge amount we don't know - are babies ressurected
as adults ? are octogenarians resurrected as 65 year old
retirees, we don't know; we do know:
- The body that is sown is perishable, it
is raised imperishable - our bodies are given
to decay and degeneration, death then disintegration.
- The body that is sown in dishonor,
is raised in glory - bodies a source of
permanant embarassment; Death - the ultimate humiliation
Sherman Newland a surgeon at - Yale Medical School
in his book 'How we die' says:
If peace and dignity are what we delude ourselves
to expect, most of us will die wondering what we or
our doctors have done wrong... By and large
dying is a messy and painful business. Not a
rosy picture. Paul acknowledges this - as it is
sown in dishonor - but it is raised in glory
and honour Well done my good and faithfull servant,
because you have been faithful in little - take charge of 12
- The body that is sown in weakness,
is raised in power - Newland again: A study of
those who die in old age; 84 years+ the lesson from 23
case histories - whether the cause is the anarchy of disordered
bio-chemistry; or it's opposite, we die of old-age
because we have been worn, torn and progammed to
cave in. The very old do not surcumb to disease, they
implode their way to eternity. Even if they
happened to die of pneumonia autopsies reveal they could
have died the next day of any of 10 other causes.
The body will be raised in power though: look to Jesus, he
appears through locked doors; he appears so suddenly
he startles them A ghost does not have flesh and
bones as you see I have
- The body that is sown a natural body, it
is raised as a spiritual body - not physical
vs. spiritual; the resurrection in a material thing.
The natural body is animated by
the soul, the resurrection body is animated by
the spirit. When it is sown it embodies the
soul, when it's raised it embodies the spirit
The holy spirit currently gives life only from
the heart out, a promise of the resurrection.
- Don't sign up for a liquid nitrogen bath: Listen I tell you
a mystery - we shall not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in
a flash - in the twinkling of an eye - fastest known unit of
time then before the nanosecond, at the last trumpet
- Why sleep ? just like a body sleeping through the
night, touch the person and they don't respond, they're just away
for a while. Has Jesus turned your grave into a bed ? Gordon
encourages people when considering funeral arrangements - to get
the undertakers to dress people in their coffin in pyjamas not a suit
- they're just sleeping.
- How will God wake us - with a loud command, as at
creation. Blaise Pascal - What is more difficult to be born
or rise again - that that which has never been to be, or that
which has been, to be again ? - Teach me to live that I may dread,
the grave as little as my bed, teach me to die so that I may rise
glorious at the judgement day.
- The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be changed The Trumpet - a call to herald
the presence of God as at Mount Sainai, or as in Matthew 24: to signal that
the troops are on the way.
- Then death will be defeated, Then the saying that
is written will come true: 'Death has been swallowed up in victory'
- Challenged to follow the example
of Amy Carmichael a missionary to India: refused to be photographed
( despite being rather pretty ): why would you want to preserve your
likeness now, when in just a few moments we'll be transformed into
his likeness. When he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall
see him as he is.
- Not to be so heavenly minded - you're no earthly good, of
course it gives us comfort in aging but Therefore, my dear brothers,
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. - living not just for now - For me to live is Christ,
to die is gain.
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