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All Who Are in the Tombs

May 9, 2014

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All  Who Are  in the Tombs

We all  have friends  and family  who have passed away  years ago.     And,  some day  each of us  will pass away  from this earthly life.     There is so much we don’t know  about the after life  since we haven’t been there yet.     But,  Jesus taught us all something  that should give us reason  to pause  —  and hopefully take comfort in.

When Jesus  was teaching  about the coming judgment,  He said  that all the dead  would hear  the voice  of the Son  of God  —  and that the Son  would have the authority  to execute judgment.     Then,  He said in John 5:28-29,

Do not marvel  at this;  for an hour is coming,  in which all  who are in the tombs  shall hear  His voice,  and shall come forth;  those who did the good deeds,  to a resurrection  of life,  those who committed  the evil deeds  to a resurrection  of judgment.

The word  all  is  of great importance.     No one  will be able  to hide  from the judgment  of Christ Jesus.     He will judge  absolutely everyone  who has ever lived.     His judgement  will be just,  righteous,  holy,  swift,  and final.      Knowing that  should  wake up  our hearts  and minds  to a reverent respect  for Jesus’ authority,  power,  and total knowledge  of absolutely everything  we have ever done  in this world.     It should  turn our hearts  and minds  to all the promises  of our Lord.

Jesus has a right  to judge everyone  of us.     He is the one  who endured  great suffering,  torture,  and death  on our behalf  to pay  for all our sins.     Everything He did  was done  in the most faithful love  for us  —  even though  we are still  in our sins  and are most undeserving  of any love.     It’s only right  and decent  that we have great respect  for all that Jesus  has done  to make us holy  and fit  for heaven.

If we don’t understand  the immense love  and sacrifice  involved  on our behalf  —  and then become rebellious  against all  that Jesus is  and asks of us,  we need  to dwell  on just  what it is  that Jesus considers  “good deeds”  so that  we might have  “a resurrection  of life”.     God’s definition of  “good deeds” is revealed  in John 6:47,

Truly,  truly,  I say  to you,  he who believes  has eternal life.

And then,  in John 11:25,  Jesus said,

I am  the resurrection  and the life;  he who believes  in Me shall live  even if he dies.

Jesus repeatedly  expressed this truth  throughout His ministry.     His followers  had an inkling  about this truth,  but it was  a puzzlement  to accept  with any real understanding.     After Jesus  rose  from the dead,  they saw the light.     That is why  they were  then enabled  to live lives  that honored  our Savior.     Many  even suffered  and died  for their faith  in Jesus’  salvation  —  so great  was their love  for our Redeemer.

Knowing Jesus desires  to save us  when He judges  “all  who are  in the tombs”,  we live  in a loving,  joyful faith,  saying,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your great grace.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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