I Am The Resurrection (#245)
Bible version used: NKJV
I AM THE RESURRECTION
It didn’t look like much when I put it into the ground–dried up and shriveled. As I smoothed the dirt over the hole, I wondered if that was the last I would ever see of it. But I had faith that come the warm rains of springtime, I would see and enjoy the beauty of a perfectly-formed new tulip.
My father didn’t look like much when we buried him either. With no disease to hasten his death, he just shriveled up and eventually died in his sleep. My thoughts turned to the tulip when we buried him. I have faith that some day, he will be raised with a new body–because he dearly loved Jesus Christ and longed to be with Him.
My faith in dad’s future has a good foundation. My pastor taught me that those who die in Christ will be raised. As the tulip bursts out in splendid color, so will all who die in Christ. The resurrected body will be a splendid body. Christ assured this by His own resurrection.
My pastor taught me that I need not fear death. While it is a loss for those who are still living, for the believer death is the only sure way to be fully healed from all that hurts us–our diseases, our fears, our sins, our regrets. Sin and its effects can no longer harm us after we die.
The apostle Paul, facing probable execution, told the Philippian church that it did not matter what they did with him–because if they let him live he could carry on the ministry, but if they executed him he would be with
Christ. (see Philippians 1:20-24)
The next time you pass by a graveyard, think of the lowly tulip bulb and the splendid tulip. Think of the graveyard as a garden that belongs to God. And while it is winter now, in His time, just as surely as the warm
spring rains return, so Christ will come and we will be raised.
Jesus placed a condition on this promise of the resurrection. “Believe in Me,” He said in John 6:40.
If you are not ‘in Christ’, there is no time to waste. Turn from your life without Christ, learn and then accept what He has done on your behalf to make you right with God. Visit a Christ-centered church if you want to know what it is like to live, and die, and live again, in Christ.
Jesus said in John 12:24 Most assuredly, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
Jesus said in John 6:40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.