We humans have amazing bodies. In fact, here are some amazing facts about our amazing bodies:
· The entire surface of your skin is replaced every month.
· The skin is the largest organ of your body, weighs eight pounds, and covers 22 square feet.
· Your body has over 100,00 miles of blood vessels.
· 75% of the time we breath it is through one nostril only. So, are you a “left nostril” or “right nostril” breather?
· Every minute you shed over 30,000 dead skin cells.
· Throughout your life your ears never stop growing because cartilage continues to grow until the day you die.
· Each human will produce over 10,000 gallons of spit in a lifetime.
Now, as amazing as this current earthly body is, it gets even better because after this life, believers in Christ will have much more than an amazing earthly body; we will have a glorified body, and this glorified body will be with us throughout eternity.
Our current human body is characterized by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 as perishable, dishonorable, and weak, all due to sin. On the other hand, our glorified bodies will be imperishable, honorable, and powerful. Our new bodies will no longer deteriorate and experience death but will live in “victory over sin and death” won by Christ on our behalf.
This goes back to Adam where we received our natural bodies, which were perfectly suited to the ideal earthly environment. Because of sin, the Fall happened, and mankind became mortal. As a result, our bodies now age, ache, deteriorate, and eventually die. The good news is our resurrection bodies will be “raised imperishable”, which means no more sickness, pain, decay, or death.
The earthly body we now have is suited for life on earth only. Our resurrected body will be suited for life in eternity. We get a glimpse of what our resurrection body will be like when we read about Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances. His disciples could physically touch Him, yet He was able to travel and appear and disappear at will. He could go through walls and doors, yet He could eat and drink, sit and talk. The apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:21 that our “lowly bodies” will be changed to be just like “His glorious body.” This should get us excited! This is what we have to look forward to for all eternity.
Ok, so we have a glorified body for all eternity. What will we be doing? The book of Revelation, chapters 21 and 22 shares some insight on eternity. It says the old earth and heaven will pass away and there will be a new heaven and earth. Heaven’s capital will be the New Jerusalem, a city made by God.
The New Jerusalem will be a real place with actual dimensions. It will be majestic and glorious with beautiful jewels, gold streets, and twelve majestic gates, each made with a single pearl. God will dwell there, and we will be there and have close, intimate, and direct fellowship with our Lord. We will see God as He is, and we will worship Him and serve Him continually.
Since sin has been removed and the old earth will have passed away, we will be living without pain, without sadness, without depression, without remorse, without regrets, without tears, and without death. Be encouraged! The best is yet to come!
Our life here in this earth is brief so let’s keep things in perspective. The apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 3 that “our citizenship is in heaven”, and he also says in Colossians 3 to “think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Remember, our time here on this earth is brief and limited. What awaits us is being with God for all eternity. Now that is encouraging!