Day 239 FOUNDATION STONES IN A YEAR
Read: John 5; John 6; John 11
Our living God abhors death and is Himself the God of the living, not the
dead. This is the consistent witness of Scripture. And for people who live
cheek by jowl with death every day, it is quite a mind-shift to make.
Death is simply not God’s way at all. It is an aberration, not ‘a natural
part of life’. Indeed, it is a very unnatural intrusion into life.
As we move in to gathering New Testament witness and revelation, let’s
begin with what Jesus taught about resurrection, most of which is found
in the Gospel of John.
Apart from our main Scripture for today, Jesus also said in John 5: Do
not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their
graves will hear His voice and will come out - those who have done good,
to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the
resurrection of condemnation (John 5: 29).
What is interesting about this statement is that Jesus is not referring to
himself in this passage, but nevertheless, very definitely making a clear
statement about the resurrection.
Another interesting conversation occurs between Jesus and Martha when
Martha’s brother, Lazarus, dies. We read about it in John 11.
When Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been dead for four days. The
following conversation then occurred. Jesus said to her, "Your brother
shall rise again." Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the
resurrection on the last day" (John 11:23,24).
This statement of Martha indicates quite clearly that she believed there
would be a time when the dead are raised. She obviously gained this
knowledge from the Old Testament itself. Jesus not only agreed with
Martha’s worldview but added to her knowledge the revelation that he,
Jesus, was the key to this resurrection life. Jesus said to her, "I am the
resurrection and the life. Those who believe in Me, even though they die,
will live (John 11:25).
Wow Lord, we are only 4 days in to this study and already I am amazed
at how much You have to say about resurrection.