Sunday, May 24, 2015

One Year Bible - Life and Death

One Year Bible - Life and Death
Carri Pratt

Several interesting facts regarding life and death were brought to light in last week's reading, specifically from May 20th. 

Firstly, Saul visits a medium and speaks directly to Samuel, who is at that time deceased. (1 Samuel 28:7-15) This reveals to us that there is a life after death.

Secondly, Samuel informs Saul that he "will be with me"       1 Samuel 28:19, the next day, predicting the death of Saul as well as his sons. This reveals that God is in total control of the number of days each person enjoys on the earth.

Thirdly, Lazurus is brought back from the dead after he has "been (dead) four days." John 11:39. This reveals that yes, miracles can happen!

Fourthly, the High Priest Caiaphas is preparing his people to take the life of Jesus, "so from that day on they plotted to take His life." John 11:53. This reveals a behind the scenes reason for the people rising up against Christ.

Lastly, Jesus states, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die." John 11:25-26. This reveals the one hope for mankind, to put one's faith in Jesus Christ and live for Him.  Although we may die spiritually, we will live on for eternity!

The topics of life and death are discussed throughout the Bible. This helps to remind us that every living creature who is born into the world will live and then someday leave the world. The question is, where will we go then? It is a choice every person must make.

You can choose to live your life in a manner that gives glory to God and prepare yourself and your loved ones by believing in Jesus Christ and placing Him at the center of your life as Lord and King.This choice leads to glory, with eternity in heaven lived in the presence of God.

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