Arise

Arise

Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment. I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. Therefore, my judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will. (John 5:28-30)

Read: 1 Samuel 2:22-4:22, John 5:24-47, Psalm 106:1-12, Proverbs 14:30-31

Relate: Today is Mother’s Day. She would have been celebrating her fifth year as a mother today. Her daughter would now be a couple months past five years old. If only diabetes had not taken her too soon on Mother’s Day, five years ago on the tenth. But I am not sad today. Quite the opposite.

I have to be honest, I just get chills just reading these verses from John. I’ve read them and reread them a half dozen times right here with my fingers on the keyboard ready to start typing. There’s this grin plastered on my face from ear to ear bigger and much more genuine than the Joker’s. I can’t help it. My mind keeps getting lost in that “when” that Jesus mentions in that top line.

Don’t be surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again.

From their graves they will hear His voice.

And they will rise again.

They will…

Arise.

React: This life here is not everything. What we do here is only the prequel. It is less than the opening line in the amazing, wonderful, adventure filled story that is our life. At least, it can be. What we do in the eighty or less years we live this life has an impact that echoes through eternity. All will rise again, but not all will live again. Will you?

Respond:

Dear God,
I am so grateful that this life is not the end. I am so thankful for the confident hope we have that when You speak, we will rise. I cannot wait for the day when I will see my dad, and my sister, and my niece, my grandma and so many others who have run on ahead. Most of all I cannot wait for the time when I will see You face to face. I can’t wait to cast my crowns at Your feet and to hear You say, “Well done. Come on in.”
Amen.

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9 thoughts on “Arise

  1. Praise our Lord for His grave and the opportunity to spend eternity in His presence! Joy, pure joy. Makes the battle here so rewarding. Love your words. Thank you

  2. I just finished a 30 week study on John’s words in Revelation. When we know Jesus as LORD and Savior, we can’t wait to live in the fulfilled promises of heaven. Until then, may we continue to speak the truth of John 5 in love to everyone around us and to anyone who will listen!

  3. I lost my first wife October 22, 1997, and even though I still miss her, I now realize that her death was “necessary” so that God could set in motion the many things that have happened since then that have brought me to where I am so that God could use me as He is using me. I have had many “train-wrecks” in my life, but experience breeds the kind of compassion for others that only having “been there, done that, got the T-shirt” can bring.

    Yes, I am also waiting for the time when I will rejoin those who have gone before me, that greatest reunion in Heaven. As Jesus raised Lazarus with a shout in John 11, He will also command our resurrection.

    Blessings,

    Steve

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