“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Glimpses of Eternity

(Please read 1 Corinthians 15:13-17, 44, 53-57)

February 3

People in Judea had seen or heard of Jesus bringing dead people to life. Some had witnessed the funeral procession at Nain, when the widow’s dead son sat up, at Jesus’ command, and began talking. Many saw Lazarus come out of his tomb, four days after his death, in response to words from Jesus. And some knew that Jesus had raised the daughter of Jairus.

But they seemed not to grasp that resurrection could affect them. Even his closest disciples must have been somewhat at a loss. After seeing Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus on the mountain and hearing Jesus speak of the Son of Man rising from the dead, “they seized upon that statement, discussing with one another what rising from the dead might mean” (Mark 9:10, NAS).

When Jesus himself was resurrected, his followers began to understand. At first, those who saw that the tomb was empty showed consternation, indicating that they hadn’t really understood what he promised would happen. But then they saw the risen Christ, in the flesh, and they understood! He spent some weeks on earth before returning to heaven, to give us a glimpse of eternity. We got another glimpse when martyred Stephen, as he lay dying, described the scene he could see in heaven.

So believers have come to realize that Christ’s resurrection is proof of our own. That truth is the pivotal point of our religion, the underpinning of our hope. May God help us to live in anticipation of the resurrection. If we don’t, we’re no better off than those who say there is no such thing as resurrection.

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