Resurrection is an awakening from mortal consciousness to an infinite consciousness. But what does this mean for our physical body?
Consciousness arises within physical material, within matter. It takes matter to have mind. Without matter there is no mind. Resurrecting to infinite consciousness means for a person to come to a full and direct realization and perception of the eternal union (At-one-ment) of ALL mind and matter, of ALL “spirit” and “body.” We are not only this local mind-self in this particular mortal brain and physical body, but One in the universal consciousness that arises in ALL matter of sufficient complexity. That is what we really are. Just as a wave is not a separate thing from the ocean but is just the ocean manifesting, we are not separate from the ocean of Life, but we are Life manifesting.
This is why Jesus was able to say things like, “when ye do it unto the least of these people, ye do it unto me.” He knew himself not to be localized to his own particular mind and physical body, but that he was One in ALL minds and bodies wherever Life is found, and this continues eternally in infinite forms. This was his resurrection to “Christ,” and is the same resurrection/awakening which we may rise to in our own consciousness, which we are called to rise to.
This is what it means to take upon ourselves the name of Christ and that identity. It is taking upon ourselves the mind/consciousness of Christ, a transformation and transfiguration of our consciousness to that “Anointed” perception and being, even as Jesus did. And this is eternal life: even though this mortal body will die and return to the dust of the ground, we realize ourselves to be much MUCH greater than this, that we are even Life itself, and this eternally arises in the union of mind and matter, spirit and body, in ALL beings.
It is a big leap to make, however, because our egos are so extremely attached to this particular body and this particular mind, we can’t imagine that we are anything other than these most of the time. This is why many spiritual practices focus on the transformation of consciousness itself, which cause us to lose that sense of ego, that small sense of self or “will,” so that we may perceive this greater and Infinite identity with all things. And this identity has been called many different things throughout time and place, but in Christianity it was known as the “Christ,” or realizing Chrism, becoming Christed, being Anointed, etc.