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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Resurrection and the Life

March 16

(John 11:25-26 NIV) ""Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; {26} and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?""

(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NIV) "Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. {14} We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. {15} According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. {16} For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. {17} After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. {18} Therefore encourage each other with these words."

Christ revealed to us that He is not just a good model for living -- He is the key to living forever. The “life” that Jesus speaks of in John 11 is more than just our physical life, because He says those who believe in Him will live, even though they die. We have all known faithful Christians who died. Jesus must be talking about another “life”. The life Jesus is speaking of here is eternal life. He is saying, “I AM the resurrection. I AM eternal life.” Jesus taught that those who follow Him will rise again after they die. When we live faithfully with Jesus here on Earth, we will live forever with God in eternity. Believers in Christ have an assurance about the future that no one else can have. Our Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. God does not want us to be “ignorant” about this -- nor should we mourn like those who have no hope. What an assurance from the great I AM! Do you believe this? -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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