From Where I Sit: Eternal life in our mortal bodies

By: Tom Rupp, Special to the Telegraph
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I am sitting here writing this on a laptop that Carol gave me in 2004. It’s been through the ringer. The technological landscape has changed in nine years to the point that, when we ever enter the market for something new, it will undoubtedly be something different.

As I type, music plays from the iPod Carol gave me in 2005. It’s a dinosaur now, but old habits die hard. When we are in the market for something new, it too will be something quite different than what was on the scene back then.

So much can change in such a small time. Left to themselves, things tend to deteriorate. Besides perhaps wine, things usually do not improve with age. Entropy is at work everywhere – in our devices, inventions, and even in our bodies. Simply put, in brief – things fall apart. A popular one-hit wonder in 1995 said “everything falls apart.”

Here are a few simplistic examples. Hot coffee left on the counter does not get hotter and does not even retain its heat. Given time, a car left unused in the garage will eventually stop working. Sustained inaction leads to inability.

The human body can be maintained and kept in shape (or so I hear), but the aging process also cannot be evaded. Slowed perhaps, but not evaded. As a cynic once observed, “Eat right, exercise daily, die anyway.”

Go ahead and inject, pull, spray or, in a more natural effort, tone, trim and tighten, but you are still getting older by the day and will one day make a fine looking corpse.

This Easter season I am encouraged by the words in the Bible asserting the fact that “we have this treasure (the gospel) in earthen vessels (our bodies)” (2 Corinthians 4:7). Christians have the eternal power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within.

One old timer said, “There may be snow on the roof (gray hair) but there is fire in the oven (heart).” We may not be able to get around like we once did, but God still lives within us. The Christian has eternal life within like a living, bubbling brook (John 4:14). The Easter hymn says, “You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.”

Just as sap is drawn forth from the frozen ground by the warm spring sun, so too, our spirits rise up to answer the call of God.

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