The Promise of Resurrection
Daily Reading: (John 5:28-29):
“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.”
Resurrection is promised to every single human being, however, the destination is not the same. So, the better question is not who will be resurrected- that is everyone. The better question is who will be resurrected to life?
If you have “done good” you will live, but what does it mean to do good? Jesus tells us a few verses earlier:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).
They will never be condemned for their sins, they have already passed from death into life.” You stand right now with Christ’s life because you have already died and been born from above. Doing good, as Jesus defines it, is hearing and believing Jesus. Nothing more, nothing less. Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29).
The promise of Resurrection is for all humanity. But there are some who are resurrected to be condemned and some who aren’t, and that is why the usual Greek word (katakrima) is not used here. Remember there is absolutely no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). John is telling us that believers will not be judged based on wrong doings. We have been forgiven all of our sins, so our resurrection is a resurrection unto rewards.
So, the Greek word John uses here instead of katakrima is krisis which means a judgment of right or wrong. The righteous are judged on their rights, or a better way of saying it is they are receiving a judgment of rewards, the fruit Jesus bore in their lives. The non-believer is receiving a judgment based on their works, a judgment of wrongs. They have not received the forgiveness of sin, so sin remains and must be judged. I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life. (Deuteronomy 30:19) says.
The outcome of the gospel is not merely the forgiveness of sins, as wonderful as that is. It is literally new life, His life.
Many Christians settle at the cross for grace and forgiveness and miss the resurrection.They lead others to the cross and no further and the result is powerless, fruitless Christianity. God saved us so that we might live, really live here and now. Eternal life is knowing God in your present circumstances and trials (John 17:3).
“This good news is about his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ! As a human, he was from the family of David. But the Holy Spirit proved that Jesus is the powerful Son of God, because he was raised from death” (Romans 1:3-4, CEV).
Confess Jesus as Lord and you shall be saved. Do you know what the word “Lord” means? It means Jesus has power and authority. It means He is the living king, on the throne, not on the cross.
When you proclaim the Lord Jesus over your addictions and failings, you are making a bold declaration of faith. You are receiving Jesus’ salvation over your trouble. I cannot defeat you in my strength, but let me tell you about Jesus, my Lord, at whose name every knee shall bow, including yours. Jesus is the powerful Son of God because He conquered death as He was raised from the dead. His salvation is available for you to receive today by faith.