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Daily Reading: 12th January 2015

John 11.23-25 cont.

23 Jesus said to her: “Your brother will rise again.” 

24 Martha said to Him: “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection in the last day.

25 Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life; the person believing in Me will live, even if he should die.

Jesus said that everyone will be raised, both those believing in Him and those who do not and have rejected Him.

The consequence of refusing to believe in Jesus is to be raised to face the judgement and the wrath of God.

The choice is for each individual to make.

The heart of God is that everyone should receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, so that everyone should be saved.

The sad fact is that there are so many who choose to remain under judgement by refusing to believe in Jesus, who alone is able to save us from that judgement.

Let us make sure that we make the right choice.

It is a truism to say that the longer time goes on the nearer we are getting to the generation that will not die. Jesus is coming back, and every generation of believers looks for His return.

As much as we might want His return to come soon, we know that if He does not come before the end of our life we will die; we will leave this physical body.

The promise of Jesus is that, even though we die we will live. Physical death is not the end of our life.

It is very sad that there are those people who believe that the end of our physical life is the end of our existence. They are without hope, and their life has no meaning or purpose.

Jesus said that all who believe in Him will live, even though we die.

After we leave this physical body we will be raised with a new body.

Paul devoted the whole of 1 Corinthians 15 to the subject of our being raised. In this chapter he wrote: [16] If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. [17] And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still under condemnation for your sins. [18] In that case, all who have died believing in Christ have perished! [19] And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most miserable people in the world – 1 Corinthians 15.16-19 (NLT).

To every believer there is the promise of enjoying eternal life in His presence, and it is a promise with an everlasting guarantee.

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