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"A Time is Coming"

March 4, 2004

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Today's Reading: John 5 & Psalm 6

“I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.” John 5:25

There are few things of which we can be certain. In fact, the list of things you and I are not sure of could be endless! But of this I am most certain … a time is coming. This certainty is built upon the truth of His resurrection and the knowledge that His Word is the most certain quantity in our lives.

Jesus, the Conquering Hero of death and hell, has earned and won the right and the power to speak that mighty come forth to all the dead. And come forth they shall! And come forth we shall, if we already have been laid to rest. My friends, we will be neither forgotten, nor overlooked. A time is coming!

The greatest of all events will be ushered in by the voice of Christ calling “Come forth!” What marks this as the greatest of all events? Not just the sheer number of people involved. Not just that we will see loved ones we’ve not seen since their caskets were lowered into the grave. Not just that we will meet those about whom we have only heard—Luther, the apostles, David, Moses. But that we will, with our very own eyes, witness the culmination and completion of God's plan of redemption.

We dare never take for granted something as important as our standing in eternity. Beloved, ask yourself: Do you see, with the eyes of faith, His resurrection? Do you, indeed, look for the resurrection of the dead? It is a certainty, you know.

Almighty God, who alone knows the day and date of Jesus’ return, keep us steadfast in our faith and faithful to Your promises, so none will be lost when the day has ended; through our resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

As you look forward to celebrating His resurrection, does your life proclaim the Easter message? How can your proclamation become clearer?

Today's Bible Readings: Leviticus 17-18    Mark 9:1-29

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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