*Join the Christmas Challenge and read a chapter from the Gospel of Luke each day till Christmas. Today’s chapter is Luke 20.
Luke 20:38 – “For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living.”
With these words Jesus responds to the Sadducees and affirms the resurrection of the dead. In so doing, He offers the basis of hope for eternity. Not only is there life after death, it is an existence in which we will be in relationship with the God of the living. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were just as much alive at that moment as when they walked the earth. The dead were living. And God was still their God.
Jesus would Himself conquer death and is the hope of resurrection. Resurrection is the foundation of our faith. The same power that is able to raise Jesus from the grave is able to raise us from sin and to transform us into His likeness. When He returns, it is the same power that will raise us to be with Him forever. For those who trust in Christ it is not death to die.
It is not death to die,
To leave this weary road,
And, midst the brotherhood on high,
To be at home with God.
It is not death to close
The eye long dimmed by tears,
And wake in glorious repose,
To spend eternal years.
It is not death to fling
Aside this sinful dust,
And rise on strong, exulting wing,
To live among the just.
Jesus, thou Prince of Life,
Thy chosen cannot die!
Like Thee, they conquer in the strife,
To reign with Thee on high.
George Washington Bethune
The one who said “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” will be with us throughout our life. He will be with us when we exhale the stale, weak air of this earth and inhale the fresh, glorious air of heaven. He will be step in step with us as we cross the threshold of Heaven. And His voice will be the first we hear when He says, “Welcome Home, Good and Faithful Servant! Enter into the joy of your Lord.”