And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. – Matthew 27:51-53 (NLT)
In yesterday’s reading, Jesus gave up his spirit, which signifies that while his earthly body was still on the cross, his spirit went to the Father’s presence. This is coupled with Jesus’ statement to the thief on the cross that “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). His spirit going to God gives us evidence that our spirit lives on after death. Similarly, we see in today’s verse that “saints who had fallen asleep” were “raised.” Scholars do not believe this was like the resurrection Lazarus (John 11:44) had but like Jesus’ resurrection where he received his resurrection body. Eternal life will be spiritual and bodily. We are given little other information about eternity but these clues give us a little taste of a spiritual and bodily resurrection.
How often do you think about eternity? What is your motivation to look forward to eternity? Do you have any doubts, fears, or earthly pleasures that limit your desire to look forward to being with God?