God of the Non-Dead

I suppose I should have titled this, “God of the Living”.  But, if I did that then who would read it?  Something to think about…

Well, since you’ve come this far, how about coming a little bit farther.

In Luke Chapter 20 Jesus is having a discourse with the various Jewish group leaders.  In one section he is confronted by the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection.  To their way of thinking when a person is dead, that’s all there is.  Versus 37 and 38 of that chapter, the words of our Lord, are very telling and instructive:

“But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.  He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

This declaration confirms Jesus statement in John 11:26:

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Now, we know that people do die, including the ones Jesus was talking to.  So, it is clear He is talking about something else.  Let’s go back to Luke 20:38, and the portion, “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

So, let me see if I can set the record straight.  To God ALL are alive, there is no death to the believer.  There is a physical death of the body, but the individual lives on.  He is not the God of the dead.

We also see this confirmed when Jesus was on the Mount of Transfiguration, and who should appear with Jesus, but Elijah and Moses, individuals who were long dead, some 1,000 years and more.  But, they were alive and talking with Jesus.  Not only that, but the three disciples knew immediately who they were, even though none of them had ever met Moses or Elijah.  How is this possible?

It is clear there is an ‘awareness’ in the spiritual realm that does not exist in the physical realm in which we live right now.  You won’t have to be introduced to these individuals, but you will know them immediately.

Years ago, Evangelist Bob Harrington was asked the question, “Bro Harrington, do you think we will know each other in heaven?”  To which he replied, “I’d like to think we will as much sense there, as we have here.”

In one way or another we are all faced with stark and harsh reality of death.  It could be a friend, a loved one, a spouse, a child, or grandchild.  It will never be easy to take or deal with, but we can be encouraged to know, “He is not the God of the dead.”

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One Response to “God of the Non-Dead”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    Aren’t we all so thankful for that promise! I’m glad I know Him! Blessings….

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