The resurrection of Jesus is the basis of our faith in the resurrection of our bodies. Often we hear the suggestion that our bodies are the prisons of our souls and that the spiritual life is the way out of these prisons. But by our faith in the resurrection of the body we proclaim that the spiritual life and the life in the body cannot be separated. Our bodies, as Paul says, are temples of the Holy Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 6:19) and, therefore, sacred. The resurrection of the body means that what we have lived in the body will not go to waste but will be lifted in our eternal life with God. As Christ bears the marks of his suffering in his risen body, our bodies in the resurrection will bear the marks of our suffering. Our wounds will become signs of glory in the resurrection.
(With thanks to the Henri Nouwen Society)
I was delighted to find this snippet from Henri Nouwen - it has long seemed to me that this must be the case. Surely all that is good and true in us will rise embodied in the resurrection; I know how much I depend, for any good that is in me, on things I've suffered over the years. I know too that the healing I've received for those wounds has not been a matter of wiping the slate clean, of making it as though these things had never happened. Much more it has been about carrying those wounds with Christ into all that I am, and all that I do, so that in a very little way I can shadow his brokenness, and out of my own hurt reach out towards the hurting. To the extent that I can be this, I am being true to my Lord.