I grew up in Shenandoah, a small farming town in Southwest Iowa,
35 miles from Nebraska and 13 miles from Missouri. Corn is the primary agricultural crop in the state.
As a teenager I worked for a large corn processing plant with my high school buddies. We spent summers de-tasseling corn in one-half to three-quarter rows, eight hours a day. So I was became very familiar with field corn and its properties.
The thing about corn is it goes into the ground looking one way and comes out of the ground totally transformed from the way it went in.
Jesus is just like corn in Iowa
Jesus went into the grave in his earth suit. Very much in human form just like me and you. Like his mother conceived him.
From Philippians 2. . . “Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with “God something to be grasped rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,”being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,”
Then, when he came out of the grave, for 40 days Jesus walked around in his glorified body. He talked with people, he ate with his disciples, he told Mary not to cling to him, he told Thomas to touch his side. His glorified, resurrected body was real.
Guess what? Our resurrected body will be just like his. Because then, we will be just like Jesus. Is that amazing or what? And to think that all along we’ve had an example of the death and resurrection story right here in an Iowa cornfield.