The Resurrection of the Body

Note: This post contains artistic depictions of nudity.

From time to time I write about the subject of nudism. Why? Because, from perusing Catholic circles, nudism is a subject that no one is talking about, if Catholics even know that such a thing exists. And since, as a Catholic, I see it as my duty to go out into the world and share Jesus’ message (Matthew 28:19), I don’t like seeing people being ignored, for whatever reason. I am not a nudist. But. My posts about nudism are my way of saying “People who go naked exist. And such people need to be treated with respect, empathy, and love, just like how we’d want God to treat us.”

Now:

When Jesus is Crucified, in order to humiliate him, the soldiers strip him of his garments. (John 19:23)

Men and women were created “naked without shame,” (Genesis 2:25) but because of Adam’s and Eve’s sin (Genesis 3:6 — 7) — the sin that Jesus pays the price for by dying on the cross (Genesis 3:15) — being naked is no longer seen as “very good,” (Genesis 1:31) and is used as a means to humiliate.

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Then, 3 days later, Jesus rises from the dead.

Death (i.e., Sin) no longer has power over Jesus, and thus it no longer has power over any person: The gates of Heaven are now open for everyone who loves God and strives to do His will.

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Jesus conquers the shame of Adam’s and Eve’s sin when he rises from the dead.

I believe that the moment Jesus rose from dead, his body was “very good” once more: Like God originally intended the human body to be.

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No one knows for sure what Heaven is like. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Will we worship at God’s feet, clothed in white like Jesus was when his mother, Mary, and Mary Magdelene met him on the road? (Matthew 28:1)

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Or will we run, naked, through the beauty of God’s creation, hand-in-hand with our fellow human beings?

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Both? Neither?

We’ll just have to wait and see.

What I believe is this:

Throughout our lives, we will struggle with sin. There will be a need for “fig leaves.”

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But. Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection shows us that we don’t need “fig leaves” forever.

If we love God, and always strive to do His will, the day we die we will be able to be “naked without shame” once more.

Well done, good and faithful servant! … Come and share your master’s happiness! (Matthew 25:21)

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