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The Promise of Resurrection and Judgement

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Now, we'll consider, John 5:28-29, “The Promise of Resurrection and Judgement”.

Open Bible To John 5:28-29

Let's begin, by reading John 5:28-29.

Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment.

Now, let's explore, “The Promise of Resurrection and Judgement”.

John 5:28-29 are key verses that address the topics of resurrection and judgement. They form part of Jesus' response to the Jewish leaders following His healing of the invalid at the Pool of Bethesda. In this article, we will explore the profound implications of these verses for our understanding of life, death, and the hereafter.

The Certainty of Resurrection

The verses begin with Jesus saying, “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out…” This statement assures us of the reality of the resurrection. Jesus asserts that all who have died will hear His voice and rise from their graves. This promise confirms the Christian belief in the resurrection of the body, not just the survival of the soul.

The phrase “all who are in their graves” emphasizes the universal scope of the resurrection. Every person who has ever lived and died will experience resurrection.

The Criterion of Judgement

Jesus continues, “…those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.” Here, Jesus speaks about the criterion of judgement. The distinction is made between “those who have done what is good” and “those who have done what is evil.”

It's important to note that the biblical understanding of “good” and “evil” is grounded in our relationship with God. Doing what is good is not merely about moral deeds but living in faith and obedience to God. Conversely, doing what is evil involves rejecting God and living contrary to His ways.

The Two Resurrections

Jesus speaks of two distinct resurrections—”rise to live” and “rise to be condemned.” The first is a resurrection to eternal life with God, while the second is a resurrection to judgement or condemnation. This underscores the gravity of our choices in this life and their eternal consequences.

Conclusion: The Hope and Warning of Resurrection

John 5:28-29 provides both a hope and a warning. The hope is the promise of resurrection, affirming that death is not the end. For those who trust in Christ and seek to do good by living in accordance with God's will, the promise of resurrection is a promise of eternal life.

However, these verses also carry a warning—that those who do evil, living their lives apart from God, will rise to be condemned.

As we reflect on these verses, let's consider our lives in the light of eternity. Are we living in a way that seeks to do what is good in God's eyes? Are we placing our faith in Jesus, the one who promises and has the power to raise us to eternal life? Let's remember the promise of resurrection and live in the light of this hope.

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