Day 16: John 5:19-29
Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
“Do 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 5:19-29 (NIV)
Life can be full of the unexpected. Joys and sorrow, good times and bad times, laughter and tears, hills and valleys.
The death of a loved one is one of the hardest things we experience. We are left to mourn, grieve and try to continue living. Grief can be paralyzing; fear can overtake you. Life can seem not worth living.
But wait...There is good news! John speaks of two resurrections. Verse 24 tells us if we listen and believe, we will have eternal life. We have come out of a spiritual death and into a spiritual life. But if we read on, we see that he also speaks of a physical death. That there will come a day that those who have passed on before us will hear the voice of Christ and will rise again! Life can be full of the unexpected, but it can be full of God’s goodness and joy even in difficult times through a life that has been resurrected. We have the power to choose life or death. He offers life to us, but we are the ones who have to accept it.
What will you choose today?
Jill Eberle, Facilities and Young Adult Ministry Assistant