In the grave we will hear a voice

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John 5

25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

When was the last time you knew a dead person to hear a voice?  Twice in these few verses Jesus says that the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God.  I suppose that those of us who in this life have been accustomed to hearing the voice of Jesus in our hearts and through His word, we will recognize it and rejoice.  This is not too strange of a thought for us, in fact, hearing the voice of Jesus after we die is a comforting thought.

But notice that Jesus said that those who hear will live.  Does this indicate that there are those who will not hear His voice after they die?  As we continue reading Jesus clarifies this and says that all who are in the grave will hear His voice.  To some, however, that voice will not be a reassuring voice but a voice of judgment and of condemnation. Revelation 20 clears this up for us and tells us that those whose names are not found in the book of life are cast into the Lake of Fire.

You see, at one point in time, every man and woman who has ever lived, those who have loved the Lord Jesus and those who have cursed Him, will bow to Him.  Some will bow in love and others will bow in fear.  Read Revelation 1 and think with your imagination about John’s description of the risen Lord Jesus.  Even John, who knew Jesus personally, fell at the feet of the King of kings who with fire in his eyes and a sword coming out of his mouth, spoke to him.  Then imagine if you had spent your life cursing and denying Christ and you found yourself in His presence.  You would be bowing in fear not in faith.

Jesus then says that those who have done good will find themselves headed to the resurrection of life. Conversely, those who have done evil will find themselves in the resurrection to condemnation. Let us tell all who will listen that there is a day coming when all people will find themselves before the Lord Jesus.  Let’s tell them that they can know Him now and be at peace with Him then.

My yard has been an orphan for several years.  Sure, I would fertilize it then mow it.  Yesterday I gave it the whole day.  Now I know why it never really looked good. I have never given it that much time before.  Maybe this year will be better.  Last night, Stefani played in the “Senior Concerto’s” at Waubonsie.  There is some amazing talent in this community!  The soloists played with such precision and clarity that if you closed your eyes you would think you were at a professional concert.  Jared and I ate Combos during the concert because we didn’t have time for dinner before we left.  We made it.  Afterwards we ran into some old friends and renewed our friendship with them. 

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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