(I took this photo of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.)
From 1981 - 1992 Linda and I were campus pastors at Michigan State University. The campus is sprawling and beautiful. It hosts many botanical gardens. We loved riding bikes and walking on the miles of paths.
I remember something that caught our attention as we were on campus. We were walking up an incline. Ahead of us, on top of the hill, a young man was standing, with his back to us. His eyes were fixed on something on the other side of the hill. As we got to the top we saw, below in the valley, two German shepherds. They were sitting, their bodies frozen like statues, their eyes locking with the eyes of their master.
Then, the master said, "Come!" The two German shepherds raced up the hill and sat at their master's feet.
I have never forgotten this scene of the obedient dogs and their trainer. Nothing was going to move the dogs, except the master's command.
In 1 Corinthians chapter 15 the apostle Paul writes of the defeat of death and the victory inherent in the resurrection.