John R. Stott said, “We live and die; Christ died and lived.” Jesus said, “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again” (John 10:17). He is the only person in all human history who could say that. Many people have taken control of their time of death, but none have ever taken control of what happens after death.
Jesus told the twelve disciples plainly what would happen before it took place; “And after flogging Him, they will kill Him, and on the third day He will rise” (Luke 18:33; also 24:7, 46). Even after His clear declaration, they did not believe this would happen. When it did, they were shocked and amazed, but convinced that their message was going to be based on Jesus’ resurrection.
Every human is born into a physical condition that will end in death (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23). They are also born into a morally dead condition (1 Corinthians 15:22; Ephesians 2:1, 5), but can be given new life in Christ by faith in Him (1 Corinthians 15:22; Ephesians 2:5; Colossians 2:13).
The real question is, are you physically alive, but spiritually dead? Or, were you at one time dead, but now you are alive in Christ, never to die? (See John 11:25-26). Your answer makes an eternal difference.
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