...He whom God raised did not undergo decay.
I once had a friend who worked in the home of one of the wealthiest families on the planet. He recounted to me that the property was a sort of "crown jewel" for these folks, and they treated its upkeep and appearance with the utmost attention to detail. No expense was too great for the maintenance, operation, and improvement of the house, grounds, and various outbuildings.
As such, there was a constant stream of contractors, laborers, and repairmen crawling over every nook-and-cranny. Why? Because there was a constant (losing) battle against decay. A little rust here, weeds there, scuff marks all over. To keep everything new and fresh required a limitless stream of money. And yet, as my friend recounted, even when no expense was too great, nothing could truly stop the rot and disintegration brought on by rain, wind, sun, snow, dust, and the freeze-thaw cycle.
Nothing on earth can stop decay. Not a state-of-the-art refrigeration system. Not highly-advanced preservation techniques, nor any cost-is-no-object approach. Not even botox. Decay is an unstoppable freight train, propelled down the track by the sin that entered the world at the fall of man.
So, when the Apostle Paul remarks that Jesus Christ experienced death but not decay, we should each sit-up and take note! This runs absolutely counter to the reality we observe all around us. And so we must conclude: only the power of the Almighty Creator can defeat decay!
While we watch the world and our own bodies lose the battle against decay, let's fix our eyes on the hope of Jesus: that we will ultimately see decay defeated and our lives renewed as we enter eternity at Christ's side!