Four Types of Resurrections

  As a young man, D. L. Moody was suddenly called upon to preach a funeral sermon. He hunted all through the Four Gospels trying to find one of Christ’s funeral sermons, but searched in vain. He found that Christ broke up every funeral He ever attended. Death could not exist … More

Resurrection
Instead of denying the accusation of these Jewish leaders that He claimed to be equal with God,  Jesus endorsed it. For Jesus to claim that He had power to raise the dead was blasphemy to these Jewish leaders. At this time He had not yet raised anyone from the dead.

Jesus speaks about four different resurrections:

  1. He describes the resurrection of lost sinners (verses 24-25). The lost sinner is as lifeless as a corpse. The only way he can be raised from the dead is by hearing God’s Word and believing on God’s Son.
  2. He speaks of His own  resurrection (v. 26). The grave could not hold Him because He is “The Prince of Life” (Acts 2:24). Because of this He can share life with all who will trust Him.
  3. He speaks of the future resurrection of the just (verses 28-29a). This is when believers will be raised from the dead. This will take place when Jesus returns in the Rapture. (I Thes. 4:13-18)
  4. He also tells about the resurrection of the unjust (v.29b). This is when the wicked dead will stand before the Great White Throne for judgment. This will take place just before Christ ushers in the new heaven and the new earth.

The most important thing about this life is that it determines where we spend eternity.

Application

There are several groups today who don’t believe in the deity of Christ. I need to have verses of Scripture in mind that will show a person that Jesus and God are equal. Lord, help me to be able to commit these to memory.

John 5:24-29 (English Standard Version)

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. "Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment."

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