"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. "And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die." John 11:25,26
Jesus was called to the home of His friend Lazarus by his sisters, Mary and Martha and were told that their brother was ill and they asked Him to come and pray for him. By the time Jesus arrived Lazarus had been dead four days and was in the tomb.
Seeing the sisters grieving for their brother and their friends also grieving touched His heart and He wept and then asked to be taken to the tomb. Jesus then asked that the stone be rolled away and He prayed and then cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" Immediately Lazarus came forth, bound with grave clothes alive, raised from the dead. Upon his resurrection many of the Jews believed in Him and the news about Lazarus spread throughout the land.
The resurrection of the dead is the most important act of divine power recorded in scripture and without it, there can be no eternal life. Jesus is the resurrection and the life is in Him, who in turn gives that life to those who are dead in spirit. When one believes in the Lord Jesus and is washed in His blood, he is born again and resurrected into the life of the Spirit, becoming a new creation, born from above.
And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I John 5:11,12
FIRST FRUITS OF THE RESURRECTION
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have died. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming. I Corinthians 15:1-23
To understand the resurrection of the dead and its significance for us, we must look at the original garden in which God's intention was to plant a race of supernatural beings on the earth. Adam being the first to be planted was seduced by Lucifer and subsequently brought death to all of mankind by his disobedience. Jesus being the last Adam was born to die for us, and to be planted in the earth through His burial, only to rise again, becoming the first fruits of the heavenly race.
Thousands were crucified under the Roman domination, but only One was resurrected from the dead to give us eternal life. When a seed is planted, it dies and because of its death it sprouts, causing many plants to be grown up, becoming a fruitful garden. So it is with Christ, He was planted so that we, His first fruits could inherit eternal life and become fruitful and multiply throughout the earth! The supernatural resurrection from the dead causes the recipient to become a new creation in Christ, washed from his sin by the blood shed on the cross, buried with Christ in baptism and then resurrected into new life.
The death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important act of mercy ever in the history of the earth in which the Son of the living God laid down His life so that we could inherit the life to come. Only through the resurrection can we receive eternal life, the supernatural metamorphosis that causes us to be transformed by the power of God into new creations in Christ!
Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. I Corinthians 15:24-26
THE LAST TRUMPET
So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. I Corinthians 15:42-46
Jesus told Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, that in order to receive eternal life he would have to be born again. Not understanding what Jesus was saying he asked how he could be born twice and He told him that there had to be not only a physical birth but a spiritual birth in order to see the kingdom of God.
Many of the Jews had a problem believing in the resurrection of the dead and questioned Jesus as to its validity, as many do today, but without resurrection, no one will see the glorious kingdom of God! Today we live in a virtual world of unreality ruled by the senses, a world that only believes in the power of self and not in the miraculous. Even in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, resurrection is only mentioned at Easter and then it is only something Jesus did for us, not really understanding its significance, nor its power to transform us too.
The winds of judgment are blowing as the trumpets of God are sounding that the end is near, even upon us now, but no one is taking to heart the severity of the times and they are not preparing spiritually for what is coming upon the earth. As Hell descended upon Egypt in the days of Moses with plagues, pestilence and death, so it will also come upon those of the earth who have not been born again in these last days as we approach the time of the "Last Trumpet!"
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (resurrected) in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed. I Corinthians 15:50-52
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin