Christ’s Resurrection and Ours

Written by M. Larson

Do you have a life after death question? Ask us.

Death–does it end everything? Many people think so. Many people do believe there is life after death, but have wondered just what happens. And even those who believe in the resurrection of the body may have questions about the subject.

What do you know about the resurrection of Jesus Christ? That, of course, is why we celebrate Easter. Before Jesus died, He predicted to His disciples both His death and His resurrection (Matthew 16:21; John 2:19-22).

Christ’s resurrection – our salvation ??The Bible makes clear that Jesus Christ did arise bodily. Peter confirmed that Jesus was raised on the third day to be seen by many people, and He even ate and drank with some. (Acts 10:40-41) Paul said in First Corinthians 15:17 that if Christ had not risen, our faith would be useless. We would still be living in our sin. But since Christ did rise, death has been swallowed up in victory! How important is it to believe in Christ’s resurrection? Romans 10:9 says we must believe in His resurrection in order to be saved.

What’s in store for you? The Bible reveals that those who are lost go to hell when they die. When they stand before God in judgment, they will be condemned to the “lake of fire”. (John 3:36; Luke 16:22; Revelation 20:11-15) But according to the Bible, God showed His love for us by sending His Son Jesus ?Christ to rescue us. Jesus did this by paying the penalty for our sins on the cross.

So those who have repented of their sins and received Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord will go to be with Him in heaven when they die. (Philippians 1:21) It will be a time of rejoicing and reunion. There we will not only see our Lord Jesus, but we will see all of our departed family members and relatives who had received Him too.

When Christ returns for His own—and it may be at any time—the bodies of all Christians, both living and dead, will be changed and caught up into the clouds to be with Him forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17) And those who have rejected Christ will be separated from God and their loved ones who were Christians forever.

Questions: How does the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ apply to your life?  Have you received the Lord Jesus as your Savior? If not, why not do so right now?

About the Author Muriel Larson

3 Responses to “Christ’s Resurrection and Ours”

  • sharonb says:

    thank you

  • You make a point, Natacha. It would have been good if I could have also included your interpretation of the Bible on this subject. But a devotional is supposed to be short. We may differ on some such things, dear sister, but can still love each other in Christ.
    I base what I said in this devotional on what the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:21-24: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me…I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.”

  • Natacha says:

    This is a good devotional, however, we have to be careful the message we’re proclaiming about the state of the dead. The author wrote that when we die, we go to heaven or hell. This is not true. When you die, you are sleeping, however your spirit returns to God. You neither go to heaven nor hell. Ecclesiastes 9:5 says,”…the dead know not anything.” When Jesus comes back, He says the dead in Christ shall rise FIRST and meet Him in the air. If they were already in Heaven what would be the point of the first resurrection. Our fate will be determined once we are ALL raised! The dead are completely unconscious, unaware, not even able to praise God (Psalm 6:5). They are not in Heaven looking down on their loved ones. What torture that would be, for the “dead” to be in Heaven, seeing their loved ones suffering down here on earth, yet not able to do anything about it. We all go to heaven at the same time! Unfortunately, most Christians believe that when their loved ones die, they are in Heaven, and that is the reason why the devil and his demons are able to disguise themselves as loved ones coming back to talk to them. It’s a very dangerous belief. Remember: the next sound the dead shall hear is Jesus’ voice, calling them to RISE UP, and those who have been faithful to Him shall rise and meet Him in the air. Those who rejected God shall perish and be seperated from God forever.

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