BUILT TO LAST (1 CORINTHIANS 15:35-58)
During their vacation and while they were visiting Jerusalem, George’s mother-in-law died. With death certificates in hand, George went to the American Consulate Office to make arrangements to send the body back to the States for proper burial.
The Consul, after hearing of the death of the mother-in-law told George that the sending of a body back to the States for burial is very, very expensive. It could cost as much as $5,000.00. The Consul continues, in most cases the person responsible for the remains normally decides to bury the body here. This would only cost $150.00. George thinks for some time and answers, “I don’t care how much it will cost to send the body back; that’s what I want to do.”
The Consul, after hearing this, says, “You must have loved your mother-in-law very much considering the difference in price.” “No, it’s not that,” says George. “You see, I know of a case years ago of a person that was buried here in Jerusalem. On the third day he arose from the dead! I just can’t take that chance.”
Paul the apostle received a list of questions from the church in Corinth. One of the top considerations on the list provided by the curious Corinthians was the nature of the resurrected body. Not only are 1 Corinthians’ 47 references to the body a record for any book in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 15 has more reference to the resurrection body (vv 35, 37, 38, 38, 40, 40, 44, 44, 44, 44) than any chapter or book in the Bible. Verses 42-44 obviously intrigue me now that I am in the middle age category.
What is the nature of the resurrected body? How is it different from the physical body we have? How is the resurrected body superior to the earthly body?
The Resurrected Body is Free From the Restriction on Lifespan
42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable (1 Cor 15:42)
I read with interest Internet accounts on how long living creatures live. Let’s start with creepy crawlies. The itsy-bitsy spider lives a short 100 days. The nuclear-surviving cockroach lives just up to seven years. The lifespan of an adult American cockroach is between 6-12 months. The average life span of a slithering snake is 15-20 years.
Water creatures differ in lifespan according to their species. The average lifespan for guppies is 3-5 years, but 10-30 years for Goldfish and Koi. The Chinese longevity “gui” or turtle lives but 25 years; the seal lives longer at 46 years.
Birds, also, differ in life expectancy. Canaries live 7-10 years, doves 10-15 years, parrots 15-20 years, and cockatoos a ripe old age of 30-40+ years.
Animals do not necessarily live longer than other creatures. The average lifespan of any dog is 10-12 years. The cat with nine lives has an average lifespan 12-15 years for indoor cats and the rat’s is 33 months.
Earthlive.org documents the age of mammals in years:
Grey Wolf/ Tiger/Leopard/Jaguar - 20
Camel - 25.5
Indian Rhinoceros - 47
Chimpanzee and Orang-utan (the longevity monkeys) - 55+