In the Christian faith, there are two extremely important celebrations each year: One is December 25th, when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; and the second in the spring of each year when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the grave. Without a birth, there would be no Jesus; and without his resurrection, there would be no hope of sins forgiven. With this being the Easter season, I thought it a good time to draw some parallels between the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus' physical body, and the physical bodies we each possess. Jesus took on a physical body in which He walked this earth for approximately 33 years. He then died on an old rugged cross to pay our sin debt with His own precious blood, was buried, and rose from the grave on the third day. We too each experienced a day when our mothers gave birth to a brand new physical body. We then walk this earth for a number of years, and will someday die. In fact, the Bible says: “. . . . it is appointed unto men once to die . . . .” (Hebrews 9:27) What I want to bring to your attention is the number of years you and I walk this earth. Consider Jesus' life; He only lived on this earth in a physical body for 33 years. Why? Because that’s all the time it took for Him to fulfill his reason for coming to earth, which was to pay our sin debt on that old rugged cross and rise on the third day. He then returned to heaven where today He is seated at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 10:12) God gave each of us a body that was programmed, as originally fashioned by God, to live longer than the 33 years Jesus lived on this earth — a lot longer! The Bible tells us we have a body designed by God to live forever! The Bible says in Genesis 3:22: “. . . . and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.” Yes, God designed man’s physical body with the potential of living forever!
But Man Sinned...Man sinned by eating of the forbidden fruit, immediately died spiritually (became separated from God spiritually), and was forced to leave the garden. Thus began the process of dying a physical death for all mankind.
“In the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)Later, the prophet Isaiah would prophesy of one called “Immanuel . . . . God with us” who would be born of a virgin and would “redeem” (purchase) mankind. He literally bought back the human race from a spiritual separation from God, caused by sin. (See Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6-7) This prophesy of Isaiah was fulfilled in Matthew 1:21-23 when Jesus came on the scene:
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”We celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th of each year, but dear friend, “when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5) Easter is celebrated each year in remembrance of Jesus death, burial and resurrection:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved . . . . For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures . . . . “ (I Corinthians 15:1-4)
How Long Did God Say Man Could Live In A Physical Body?Let’s return to talking about these physical bodies we each possess and how long we should expect to live in them:
“And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” (Genesis 6:3)
God Gave Man A DietNow let’s go back to the beginning of the human race, to the creation of that first human (Adam) to see if we can gain some insight as to why man is not living to 120 years as God said in Genesis 6:3:
“AND GOD SAID, Behold I have given you every herb (vegetable) bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every three, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat (food).” (Genesis 1:29)When God created Adam, He placed him in a garden and told him what he should eat in order to properly nourish the physical body God had just created for him.
- FACT: The physical body we each possess is a living organism, comprised of living cells, designed by God to be nourished exclusively with living, raw, plant-sourced foods. All cooked food, even of plant origin, is dead food, and thus incapable of properly nourishing a physical body comprised of living cells.
- FACT: Every animal in the wild, whether carnivorous or vegetarian, eats its food the way God designed it to be consumed – in its living, raw, uncooked form. This is the state in which wild animals have eaten their food ever since God created them.
- FACT: Of all God’s animal creations, only man takes that which God provides in its living and raw form and cooks it, rendering it dead, destroying its life force and a high percentage of the nutrients.