READ : Philippians 3:17-21
We are expecting a Savior . . . He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory (vv. 20-21).
There is so much about our physical body that is marvelous—the feel of a baby’s hand on our arm, a lover’s kiss, the sound of music to our ears. We thank God that we are physical creatures, that we have bodies. We echo God’s own appraisal: it is all very good.
Yet these very same bodies can be a burden. Christ in Gethsemane warned: “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Sometimes the body is the enemy. Our appetites are strong, and we are easily entrapped. The body humbles and betrays us. “O God,” we pray, “deliver me from this craving.” In the end, our bodies break down, wear out, become embarrassing.
A person once asked me to take these verses from Philippians as my text for her funeral. She had struggled for years in a seemingly losing battle with depression, nicotine and alcohol. She died of cancer. She was well acquainted with the body of our humiliation and longed for a transformed body, conformed to the body of Christ’s glory.
Our salvation is not just for today but forever; Christ is coming again, and at his coming our bodies too will inherit the final glory that is Christ’s.
Dear God, may we live in great hope. Amen.