It is funny how one’s view of the human body changes over time. As we get older, we learn the truth of mortality. We begin to understand what it feels like for our bodies to slow down, to weaken, or to break. When you are younger, the idea of death and disease is usually pretty far from your mindset. When you get older, even if you are in good health personally, you will have seen enough to know that life is short and uncertain.
How do we react to the body? How are we to understand what we face in the here and now? How can we have hope in a world under the curse of sin and living in bodies that are so easily damaged?
Philippians 3:20-21 – 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
The promise of this passage is gold for one who understands the fact that life is short and our bodies are subject to the curse of the fall. Jesus promises us many things. He promises us heaven. He promises us forgiveness. he promises us joy in him if we have turned from our sin and entrusted ourselves to his care. And, as we see in the passage above, he has promised us transformed bodies.
Of course, this is not the only passage that speaks of a transformation to come. Paul writes about this with clarity at the end of 1 Corinthians 15 and hints at it in 1 Thessalonians 4. What a joy it is to consider that our bodies, whatever state they are in right now, are destined for an upgrade. Our bodies will be transformed. Our flesh will no longer break down. Our vision will be clear. Our arms will be strong. Our joints will not ache. Our noses will not run. Our organs will not get cancer. Our bones will not get brittle. Jesus promises us a body like his, a body destined to last for eternity.
Christians, we are to have hope in eternity. We long for heaven. We long for the glory of God. But do not stop longing for a new body that will be fit for the eternity to come. What a joy it will be to never have to worry about your health or safety. What a burden lifted it is to know that nothing will harm us ever again. And what a massive weight off our shoulders to know that our friends and loved ones who are in the Lord will never again face sickness, injury, or death. Praise God for the promise of a transformed body!