Rise to Live or Rise to be Condemned


In the post Crossed Over from Death to Life, it was submitted that some of us wish we had the power to preserve life or bring back life as we reflected on Jesus’ resurrection. In actuality, we all will be resurrected. We will be resurrected to Rise to Live or Rise to be Condemned.

Yes, it is true that all who died will be raised to life. Listen to the Words of my Lord, The Lord Jesus Christ in John 5. Again, we will either Rise to Live or Rise to be Condemned. Jesus says..

28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

There you have it. Jesus, The Lord, says that all those who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out. If that is not a resurrection, resurrection does not exist. Those who have been buried will Rise to Live or Rise to be Condemned. What is the condition that causes one to rise to live or to be condemned? The text tells us “those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.” What is meant by done what is good or done what is evil? It all has to do with Jesus. 1 Corinthians 15 tells us “21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.” Paul only reiterates what Jesus says in John 5.

In verse 24, Jesus says, “24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” The condition or factor that determines whether one will Rise to Live or Rise to be Condemned is their hearing Jesus’ Word and believing him who sent Jesus, God Almighty. We can gain further insight into life or condemnation by looking at what Jesus said about eternal life in John 17. Jesus defines eternal life in verse three – “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

The question is do you believe that Jesus is the Christ? Do you believe that Jesus is God’s Son who was born, buried and raised from the dead to offer us life? Your belief about Jesus determines whether you will Rise to Live or Rise to be Condemned. Believe Jesus; receive life. Do not believe Jesus, receive condemnation. The choice is yours – Rise to Live or Rise to be Condemned.

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