Long ago someone asked, "If a man dies, shall he live again?" (Job 14:14) This question has challenged men of all ages. Is there life after death?
"No!" is the answer of many people. They believe man has evolved from lower animals. So, like any other animal, when a man dies he will never exist again. Many even seem to think that, since we will die like animals, we may as well live like animals. "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die!"
But is there evidence that dead men will live again? Can it happen to you? Has anyone ever done it? Let me tell you of a person who died. He suffered a violent death witnessed by thousands of people. He was buried and remained in the grave three days. Then, without any medical assistance, He came immediately alive again, healthy and strong as ever. Hundreds of people then saw Him alive. And although this happened centuries ago, this person is still alive today!
Where is the proof? In the Bible. In 1 Corinthians 15:3,4 Paul wrote: " that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." Paul then lists many people who saw Jesus of Nazareth alive again after His resurrection.
But that same chapter of 1 Corinthians affirms that you too will some day live again. Verse 22 says: " even so in Christ all shall be made alive." Christ's resurrection is the guarantee that all men will be raised. John 5:28,29 says: " 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."
Yes, you will live again. Your reward then will depend on how you live now. Are you ready for death and resurrection?
(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 2003
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