“When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the LIVING ONE; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.’”
Death seems final, doesn’t it? I wept at my mother’s graveside even though we had known her death was near. Friends and families’ words, “You’ll see her again,” were comforting. But the reality was the casket. The shovel. The dirt.
During our lifetime, we’ll lose someone to death. Jesus’s disciple, John, clearly saw Jesus die. The scourging. The nails. The cross. The sword in His side. The blood and water. The tomb.
But then, John saw Him again!
Can you imagine what it must have been like for John to not only see the resurrected Christ, but to also see Christ glorified in heaven?
John recorded his experience. You can read it in Revelation 1. Jesus is glowing! His eyes are brilliant. His appearance is glorious. His voice tumultuous. He’s not barely alive. He’s abundantly alive! And He has a message for John to take to earth. He has the keys of death. In other words. You’re not staying locked in a casket or an urn. The one who made Adam out of dirt is regenerating you to your glorified body – fit for the Kingdom.
In light of knowing that we and our loved ones aren’t staying dead, what is our response? I want to run out the door and shout that a glorious body and place await us. I want to tell people that sin is the cause for eternal separation from Christ’s glory and He is ready to forgive. What can we do if not run out the door and shout the good news? Pray. Present the gospel. Put His glory before our lives so others see and believe in the resurrected Lord.
LIVING ONE, brilliantly glorious One, even though we can’t see You, we believe in You. Help us love You more each day so our lives are displays of Your glory; drawing others to You.
Praying for our unsaved friends and neighbors is crucial. I designate a column in the Week at A Glance section of Prayers of My Heart to pray for the United States and Unsaved. What do I pray? Check out this short SLIDE SHOW.