In a cemetery in Hanover, Germany, is a grave on which were placed huge slabs
of granite and marble cemented together and fastened with heavy steel
It belongs to a woman who did not believe in the
resurrection of the dead. Yet strangely, she directed in her will that
her grave be made so secure that if there were a resurrection, it could not
reach her. On the marker were inscribed these words:
"This burial place must NEVER be opened."
In time, a seed, covered over by the stones, began to
grow. Slowly it pushed its way through the soil and out from beneath
them. As the trunk enlarged, the great slabs were gradually shifted so that
the steel clasps were wrenched from their sockets...
A tiny seed had become a tree that had pushed aside
The dynamic life force contained in that little seed
is a faint reflection of the tremendous power of God's creative word that
someday will call to life the bodies of ALL who are in their graves.
Jesus said, "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all
who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth; those who have done
good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the
resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28-29).
The Divine Guarantee of our OWN resurrection is the
resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s
Son. “But now Christ IS risen from
the dead, and has become the firstfruits [i.e., the first of many to follow] of
those who have fallen asleep [died].
For since by man [Adam] came death, by Man [Jesus]
also came the resurrection of the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:20-21).
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is an integral
part of the Gospel (“Good News”) of salvation through Christ (READ 1
Corinthians 15:1-4). The GOOD NEWS is that the righteousness of God is
imputed to (or credited to the account) “those of us who believe in Him who
raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up for our offenses,
and was raised for our justification” (Romans 3:24-25).
Unbelief CANNOT deter the resurrection. But faith in
and obedience to the risen Christ opens the door to blessings that His
resurrection guarantees -- a glorious new spiritual body (1 Corinthians
15:35-58) AND a home in heaven (1 Peter 1:3-5).
Robert Lowry proclaimed the power of Jesus’
resurrection in the lyrics of the song,
“Up From the Grave He Arose”: “Up from the grave He arose, With a mighty triumph
o’er His foes....”
And because of Jesus, WE can share in His victory over
sin and death!
Won’t YOU, out of an obedient faith (Acts 16:30-31),
turn from sin in repentance
(2 Corinthians 7:9-10), confess Christ (Romans 10:9-10), and be buried with Him
in baptism so that you can be raised to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4)?
- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood in Mobile,
Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional entitled Living
Water." To learn more about this excellent resource contact
David via their website: http://www.creekwoodcc.org