From Wheaton College, Alan Johnson wrote in his commentary on I Corinthians 15: “For many years I have asked my evangelical theology students whether they believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Almost all unhesitatingly put up their hands. But then when I ask if they believe that Jesus is 100 percent human right now as well as divine, almost no hands go up. What has happened? I believe they cannot conceive of Jesus as now existing in a new human form (body); instead they think of him as some sort of disembodied spirit, even after the resurrection.”
So I would declare from the pulpit in Idaho Falls: Out with the Greek metaphysical mumble jumble that would impede people from believing in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ! Is the afterlife only the immortality of the soul? Hogwash! I Corinthians 15 pierces through the philosophical smog. It is truth for the believer. There is a future, spiritual body. Christ is the firstfruits of this.
So from all of those in the LDS community, can I hear a hearty amen?
Last week, I stood packed in the Skyline High School gymnasium to hear Mitt Romney. The atmosphere was electric. People cheered their lungs out. This past Monday, I sat in the back of the downtown Civic to see Ron Paul. A full auditorium hollered their approval. These community gatherings will linger as highlights in my mind for 2012.
But the greatest town gathering of all was when 500 brethren literally saw with their own physical eyes the spiritual body of the Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:6). This far exceeds getting together with friends and watching kooky vampires in the Twilight: Breaking Dawn movie. This surpasses community, political events with Mitt or Ron.
Can you imagine being there long ago? Seeing the strong, immortal, incorruptible, brilliant body of the King? If you were among the 500, what would you have done? If it weren’t for the Creator King and His sustaining and loving power, I think that the molecules of my current, sinful body would have just burst apart.
Easter is comin’ to Idaho Falls. Don’t miss seeing the greatest event that shook the world. Believe the resurrection power.