The Resurrection of the Body
By David A. Busic
Christians believe in the resurrection of the body. The Apostles’ Creed declares, “We believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.”
Consider these words from the Apostle Paul: “We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him” (1 Thessalonians 4:14, NIV).
The early Christians’ view of death made a huge impact on their society. In 124 A.D. the Roman Emperor Hadrian wanted to know more about the growing Christian religion. He asked the Greek philosopher, Aristides, “Tell me about these Christians. What do they do?” Aristides replied, “When one of the Christians dies and passes from this world, the rest of the Christians rejoice and offer thanks to God, and they escort his body as if it were setting out from one place to another, from this earth to heaven.”
Early Christians even changed the name of their burial places. Greeks called a burial place a “necropolis,” meaning “city of corpses.” Christians began to call theirs a “cemetery,” meaning “a dormitory of sleepers.” They knew that those who sleep in Christ will one day be awakened to live with their Lord forever.
This means that while death is inevitable for the Christian, it is not a permanent situation. By His teaching, miracles, and even by His own resurrection, Jesus clearly taught the resurrection of the human body. He made it clear that while death is real, there is life after death and that our bodies will one day be raised by the power of God.
The promise of eternal life means nothing without power to make it happen. There is power in Christ’s promise of eternal life because He himself was raised from the dead. Those who die in Christ will be bodily resurrected and have eternal life through Him.
We must not lose the wonder of that beautiful truth. It is our Easter hope.
Our annual District Assembly Conference is June 19-21, 2014. It will be held at Denver First Church of the Nazarene. We have been giving out the preliminary schedule which you can currently view on this website by clicking on this link.