A Resurrection Day Meditation
John Donne's Poem "For Whom the Bell
Tolls" ends with this:
Death is the resulting horror, penalty and curse of sin. But the good news of the gospel is that death need not be the end of the story. Every resurrection day is a reminder of that fact. A reminder of the resurrection life that can only be found in Jesus:
This offer is made to everyone who believes God is faithful, that Jesus actually rose from the dead, and by believing in him you too can be raised to new life:
So every time we look at the cross, we should be reminded of Jesus' death, and his resurrection on the third day. And since Jesus was the "firstfruits" (1 Cor 15:20) he is just the first of many to follow after him. The offer is open to all who are willing to believe. Thus the resurrection of Jesus should be a reminder of our own coming resurrection.
What will your Resurrection Look Like?
So the question for you this Easter, this resurrection day, is what will your resurrection look like? Make no mistake: everyone will be raised from the dead, but not everyone will be raised to life. Many will be raised to the death of eternal condemnation as God revealed to many of his holy ones, including the prophet Daniel:
So all will be raised after death, but
not all will be raised to life. Some will be raised to eternal
So what happens after you die? Those who believe go immediately to be with Jesus (2 Cor 5:8) for they have even now passed from death to life. (John 5.24) Those who have not believed stand condemned now (John 3.18) and will remain condemned into all eternity if they do not repent and accept God's gracious offer of life before their death.
At death those who have rejected God's offer of life are sent to a holding place to await final judgment. (Luke 16.23) When the final judgment comes, people are released from Death and Hades (a holding place) and made to stand before the God of all mankind (Jer 32.27) who judges the hearts and secrets of all (Rom 2:16, 2 Tim 4.1), and from whom nothing is hidden:
So again I ask. What will your resurrection look like? The choice is yours. Yes, the choice of heaven or hell is yours. God does not want any to face eternal condemnation, but since he has created you as a free agent, the choice is yours. He implores you to choose life (Deut 30.19) for he takes no pleasure in those who choose death:
So again I ask. What will your resurrection look like? Will you follow the example of Abraham, the man of faith, who believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness (Rom 4.3); or will you continue in your own way, rejecting God and his gracious offer of life, and so rejecting the resurrection unto life?
The choice is yours. And we must all
choose. Electing not to choose is a choice (not to follow). You must
affirmatively decide to follow and obey God. As Abraham did.
Duane Caldwell | April 9, 2023
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