This is not technically Monday Musing, since it’s Tuesday, but I’m going to count it. 🙂
I spent the weekend away and didn’t get this written. Honestly, I opened my laptop for all 30 minutes the whole time we were gone, and that was just before dinner last night. Thus my tardiness. Let’s get to it, shall we?
John 5:28-29, “Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment.”
Daniel 12:2 – Many of those whose bodies lie dead and buried will rise up, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting disgrace.
1 Corinthians 15:52 – It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.
Most of us have read these words before. They’re not new. But have you really considered them?
The DEAD will rise. Zombies–for real. 😀 But they won’t be mindless.
To be honest, I’d love to see it. Can you imagine people’s faces? People will see people pop up out of the ground all over, because you know people are buried in places other than cemeteries.
What a glorious day that will be!
My Bible is New King James, so when I study those are the words I look up.
- marvel (translated surprise above) – wonder, admire
- come forth (rise up) – depart from, cast out, proceed from, burst forth
- good – intrinsically good; good in nature
- resurrection – physical resurrection
- evil – wicked, worthless
- condemnation (judgment) – judgment, divine judgment
Does this mean that those who do good (without Jesus) will have life everlasting? I don’t think so. The previous verses talk about Jesus executing judgment on the people.
At this point in the book of John, Jesus is still alive. In fact, these are His words. And we know that when He died and was resurrected, the dead rose and spoke to those who were living. So this has already happened once.
I think, however, that it will happen again when He returns. It will be so cool–whether I’m the one rising or watching the others rise.
PS. Unless otherwise noted all verses are taken from the New Living Translation.