Rick's and Sandy's 04-20 devotional caused me to ponder death a bit (Thanks,
Rick and Sandi!). As per our usual on Sundays, we will look at some passages
about a topic, with no commentary. We will simply try to see some of what
God's word has to say about death. All Scriptures are from the NASB version
of the Bible.
Hebrews 9:27-28 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men
to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered
once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without
reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.
Romans 5:10-15 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled
to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we
shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through
our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death
through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned--for until
the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had
not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who
was to come. But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the
transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and
the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.
John 11:21-26a Martha then said to Jesus, "Lord, if You
had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever
You ask of God, God will give You." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will
rise again." Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the
resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection
and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone
who lives and believes in Me will never die."
John 11:35-44 Jesus wept. So the Jews were saying, "See
how He loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not this man, who opened
the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?" So Jesus,
again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and
a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, "Remove the stone." Martha, the
sister of the deceased, said to Him, "Lord, by this time there will be a
stench, for he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not say
to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" So they removed
the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, "Father, I thank You that
You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people
standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me."
When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus,
come forth." The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings,
and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind
him, and let him go."
1 Corinthians 15:22-26 For as in Adam all die, so also
in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ
the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming, then comes
the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has
abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He
has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished
1 Corinthians 15:40-44 There are also heavenly bodies
and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of
the earthly is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory
of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in
glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body;
it is raised an imperishable body. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in
glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural
body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is
also a spiritual body.