The Apostle’s Creed speaks of the ‘resurrection of the body’ rather than the ‘resurrection of the dead’. Stanley Spencer in his painting ‘Resurrection at Cookham’ paints people emerging from their graves, their clothes representing the time they were buried – those with ruffs rising next to those in modern suits. This was the image of resurrection for centuries, a physical resurrection of the body and one of the reasons that many Christians were against cremation – how would the resurrection take place if the body had been destroyed, they reasoned.
In our materialistic world, where the focus is often on what we can see, and touch, and measure, it is very hard to even begin to contemplate what it might mean to be in relationship with the Trinity after our deaths. Rowan Williams writes “death is a nakedness to which we must all come, a spiritual stripping, as we are confronted by God. The identities we have made, that we have pulled around ourselves like a comfortable dressing gown or a smart suit will dissolve, and what is deepest in us, what we most want, what we most care about, will be laid bare.” Eternity becomes a life lived in the joy of the reality of God.