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Who is God? He is God of the Living

March 17, 2015

Grace to you! “Statistics are alarming! One out of one people die.” It’s hard to think about one’s own demise. We all would choose not to face it if we could. Or if we did, we’d love to go to sleep one night and never wake up. But death can ravage us. It can grind us down and savagely break our bodies. Indeed there is a certain fear of death in everyone.

But here scripture speaks so hopefully. It is interesting that Christians meet every week to think about death. They think of their death and others in relation to Christ’s death. They even praise God for the coming ‘death of death’! Death will one day be ended! (see Rev. 20:14) It will happen by the return of Christ who will put the final nail in death’s own coffin! Christ, who overcame death through His sacrificial death and resurrection, has the power to resurrect all who put their faith in Him. Jesus says to those who believe in Him, “I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:54) But Christians not only wait for Resurrection day for death to be defeated in their lives, it is part of their life even now.

Because we are also spiritually dead apart from Christ, we also need to be spiritually resurrected to life so that we have hearts that will love and trust God rather than run from Him. Hear how God has brought eternal life over into the present time: “Our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2Timothy 1:10) Believers in Jesus have already had their spiritual death abolished forever! Eternal life has come into the here and now for all who believe in Jesus! (see John 3:16) But believers still die. So how has that helped in the long run?

Jesus debated some leaders in His time who didn’t believe in life after death or a resurrection. They only read the first five books of the bible. They didn’t “see” a resurrection or the opportunity to keep living past the grave. Jesus reminded them what God said, “And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.” (Mark 12:26-27) Jesus’ point is that when God spoke to Moses at the bush, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had been physically dead for centuries. But Jesus reminds them God is the God of the living for all who trust Him. In short, even though they had died physically, they were still living spiritually with God in heaven as they await their physical resurrection. When death comes for you, will you live with God or be separated from Him forever? It all depends on what you do with Jesus who is the “Resurrection and Life.” (John 11:25)

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