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The Most Important ResurrectionIn our 2017 first quarter Sabbath School lesson the Holy Spirit’s power is demonstrated by the resurrection of Israel’s warriors’ dry bones (Ezekiel 37). Holy Spirit breath also hovered over Creation’s original waters (Genesis 1:2). That’s exponential power!
As I think about resurrections I remember one church member wanting to place their body over a deceased church member’s corpse at the funeral home and perform a resurrection. That was the Prophet Elisha’s model as he employed a body-to-body method to resurrect the Shunammite’s son (2 Kings 4:32-37).
Today we wish that our recently-deceased loved ones could experience the resurrection—something like Jesus resurrecting Moses’ body from the dead (Jude 9). The Good News is that “the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28, 29). I believe that hour is very soon.
Since our God is one of order we read “…each one in his own order: Christ the first-fruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming” (1 Corinthians 15:23). At Jesus’ Second Coming all the “dead in Christ” will rise in that first resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
However, in order to meet our loved ones again there is another resurrection we must experience! The Apostle Paul states it this way: “…if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin… Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:1-11).
May we be united to Jesus and passionately share the hope of Jesus’ resurrection morning,
Conference Connection December 2016