thursday, may 16
sharing god’s hope: tents
For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. [2 Corinthians 5:4]
Creation groans and we groan! We live in a broken world where bodies and minds can fail us, where disease can overtake us. A brother struggles with depression, a father is diagnosed with cancer, a friend suffers a miscarriage.
Second Corinthians 5 says that our earthly bodies are like tents. Surely they provide us with some protection from the elements, but they do not protect from the heat or the cold. A violent wind can tear the fabric or a heavy downpour can result in leaks. A small spark could send it up in flames. And eventually, no matter how well you cared for the tent, it will grow old and worn and in need of replacement.
But while our earthly tent may fail us, we still have hope. For though our earthly body "is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.” [1 Corinthians 15:42-44]
Jesus spent much of his earthly ministry performing physical miracles. This wasn’t secondary to the gospel but an integral part of the good news He was bringing. It was a promise to us all: there will come a day when every disease of the body and mind will be defeated -- and not only that, but the final enemy, death, will be destroyed, trampled by the power of Jesus Christ.
PRAYER: I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever. [Psalm 30:1-2, 11-12]