Text: I Corinthians 15:41-59
So now, as we continue in reading Paul, we see where he is going with his image of wheat grains and wheat plants. There is no necessary connection in terms of form between the physical body and the spiritual body of the resurrected believer. A grain of wheat does not look like a wheat stalk; a caterpillar the leaf does not look like a butterfly on the wing. There is a difference in glory. And yet…
This may help explain the confusion of the disciples in their encounters with Jesus. On the one hand, they do not recognize him: Mary Magdalene mistakes him for the gardener (John 20:15); Cleopas and his companion walk with the Risen Lord for some distance and only see a stranger (Luke 24:16). On the other hand, they do know and recognize him. Again, the story of Cleopas in Luke is particularly poignant, because the statement that the two disciples recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread suggests both the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, but also that Jesus had his own style, his own manner at table. Resurrected though he was, glorious though he was, he was still recognizable by his habits and ways of acting.
Resurrection—the exchange of the physical for the spiritual—does not remove but highlights who we truly are, who we are truly meant to be. And so we rejoice.
Easter joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks