This is my continuing conversation with God about New Life Planning. (See prior posts.)
I perked up. Finally I was going to get an answer to what for me had become an obsession. Burial or cremation?
“It depends,” He said.
“On what?” I asked.
“Take a few moments and think about the body. What is it? Paul knew. He was surprised his followers did not get it.”
Do you not know that your body is a Temple of The Holy Spirit within you, Whom you have from God? You are not your own.
1 Corinthians 6:19
“This body you are honored to wear is sacred. It is a Temple. It houses My Holy Spirit. I made it especially for you.
“It is mine. You do not own it. I do. I gave it to you and have trusted you to take care of it.
“Satan has tried every trick in his book to get inside. He has come against it with disease and every other kind of thing. He has tried a thousand different ways to get you to open the door and let him in.
“Sometimes you cracked the door and he got inside the front hall. But I prevented him from going any further.”
I open what no one can shut and shut what no one can open.
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine.
“So it is quite right you should be asking Me how to care for this Temple. You should not just walk away, even into The Glory I have planned for you, without considering The Temple you are leaving behind.
“That Temple was the place where I shone My Light into the world. And when I released My Body, something very important happened at The Temple.
“Do you remember what happened?”
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His Spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open.
The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
Mathew 27: 50-53
“The Temple was not closed up. It was not sealed. It was revealed as it was created to be. Connected with The Living!
“My Life did not end at the tomb. Yours will not either. After the day the stone was rolled away, no one looked for Me there.
“No stone was left there that recorded My Life in limited earth years.
“My Life was recorded in hearts and minds that went on forever. You are part of My Life. Don’t let My Life end at a grave.”
“Think about these things and we’ll talk some more.”
Glorify God in your body!
1 Corinthians 6:20
Whatever you do, do all to The Glory of God!
1 Corinthians 10:31
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
He reached out ever so gently and lifted my face to His. Looking into His Eyes seemed to open thoughts I had never had before.
He said quietly, “What Message do you want to leave for others when you are released from your body?
“Is it the grave or the resurrection of the body you want to proclaim?”
And in that moment two verses immediately came to mind.
He (she) is not here. He (she) has risen!
In Your Presence is Fullness of Joy!