The Frozen Boy

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“Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?”

On a bitterly cold January day several years ago, five-year-old Jimmy Tonglewicz chased a sled onto the glazed ice of Lake Michigan, in the U.S.A. In the blink of an eye he disappeared beneath the ice. The last words his dad heard were: “Daddy Save me!” Jimmy’s panic-stricken father plunged into the freezing water, but the cold quickly rendered him helpless and he left the scene in an ambulance.

For over twenty minutes Jimmy remained submerged beneath the icy waters. When his limp, lifeless body was pulled from the lake by divers, he had no pulse. Yet wonder of wonders, he was not dead. The icy water saved him! Scientists call what happened the “mammalian diving reflex.” The shock of the icy water allowed Jimmy to live without breathing. Slowly he came around, and today Jimmy lives a normal life.

There is so much we do not know. Imagine explaining to someone who lived 100 years ago, that you could lock your car remotely – or speak into a little box in your hand to someone on the other side of the world. They would say, “You are mad. How can this be possible?”

This is how some folk in the church at Corinth were, with the teaching of the resurrection. They found it impossible to believe, those who were dead and gone, could ever be brought back to life again. If the body has decayed, and returned to dust, or if it has been lost at sea, and eaten by sea creatures, how is it possible to ever come back to life again.

This is where we must realise we do not know everything. Jesus said, there will be a resurrection. He said, “the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth… some to the resurrection of life and some to the resurrection of condemnation.” You may say, “How can this be possible?” The Apostle Paul answers your doubt – “some do not have the knowledge of God.” Be prepared to be surprised. Just like the father of Jimmy Tonglewicz was surprised that his son was still alive. Jesus said, “with God, all things are possible.” Have faith in God. Do not limit your faith to your ability to know everything.