God of the Living, Not the Dead!

Keith & I have tried to add a “big rock” each New Year that had been dropped before. (I’ll tell about the Big Rocks Sermon in another blog.) This year it is our health – more sleep, more exercise. It makes a huge difference!

Last year it was reading Scripture & praying together every night. I know lots of people say you need to start your day with devotions, etc. & that’s true. But for Keith & me, the day starts the night before. The night time is our best time. We are night people. So, we stopped feeling bad about not getting up to have devotions in the morning & just enjoyed having them at night. We both like the freedom of being able to talk as long as needed about whatever the Lord might be talking to us about in the passage. Then we pray together. It has been wonderful! We only read about a chapter a night, but we are more than half way through the NT & 1/3 of the way through the OT! It has been really fun!

All that to say, the other night, Keith & I were reading in Luke 20 where Jesus says “Long after Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob had died, he (King David) referred to the Lord as ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ So He is the God of the living, not the dead. They are all alive to Him.”

Having lost both of our dads last year, Keith & I have thought a lot about heaven & death. I love this passage! For some reason, I have bristled at the sound of talking about Dad in past tense. Around our house, we don’t do that so much. “Grandpa doesn’t need his tractors or clothes anymore…” “Grandpa loves to write, garden, etc.” Obviously there are times past tense makes sense, “Dad would’ve liked this.” But as far as who he is, he still is!

We are immortal beings. We don’t stop existing after this life. We have a spirit that lives forever, either with the Lord, or away from Him – you choose.

We get a body when we are resurrected! This is the hope of our faith! We eat & talk & interact after death (see Luke 24:37-43). I love to picture Dad in his new garden. Or listening to the heavenly choir – he’s in it, too, of course! I can’t wait to be in it with him!

I Corinthians 15:16-20 – “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our faith is useless, & you are still under condemnation for your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ have perished! And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most miserable people in the world. But the fact is, Christ has been raised fom the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again.”

I love that!! Our dads are more alive now than they ever were! They are with Christ & in a sinless place! Thank You, Jesus, for the hope we have in You!!!

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