Better Than I Deserve
3/16/13 at 06:42 PM 0 Comments

Resurrection Ground

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Jack Wellman, 2013

There is power in the Word of God and the Word of God (Jesus Christ) has power…resurrection power. Consider the time when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead in John 11:43-44 when He “called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.” What if Jesus had only said, “Come forth?” Would not have all those who were in their graves have come forth? I believe that if Jesus had not specified that it was Lazarus who was to come forth, there would have been a massive resurrection at that time and all who had believed in God would have been raised to life. This seems obvious since in John 11:25-26, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” Since this is true, I believe that all who had believed that were then dead would have “come forth” because Lazarus, who “had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go” (John 11:44).

When I have resided over funerals for believers, I try to make them understand that it is not a burial ground that they are standing on but resurrection ground. That resurrection is coming some day. Paul understood that and used this as an analogy for those who believed then and who believe today in Christ, writing that “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Rom 6:4). The fact is that “God raised him [Jesus] from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:24). Since He had committed no sin, death could not possible hold him and the grave could not contain Him for He was without sin (2 Cor 5:21). The good news is that “if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you” (Rom 8:11) because “if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Rom 6:5). Jesus proclaimed that we should “not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned” ( John 5:28-29). There is the proof that unless Lazarus’ name would not have been specifically named that, “all who are in their graves” would have come forth.

Perhaps you have seen the RIP on gravestones. It means Rest in Peace and for those who have put their trust in Christ, they may rest in peace, at death, knowing that they will be raised again because “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Eph 1:7) and this “in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory” (Eph 1:12). This hope is given to every believer, including you, so that “you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” (Eph 1:18-20). That is why the gospel is called the good news and that is why at funerals we don’t say “goodbye” but “see you later.” for it is not a burial ground but it is truly resurrection ground.

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Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believers daily walk with God and the Bible.

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