Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish. Do you believe this, Martha?“ (John 11:25-26, NLT; cf. John 3:16)
Nature and mankind have much in common, and God planned it that way. Indeed, nature not only depicts how this old Earth renews itself but also nature reflects how humans renew themselves through their natural nightly sleep and restoration, and daily waking patterns. Nature also mirrors the supernatural (spiritual life). For sure, humanity’s spiritual and physical deaths, new birth/second birth or resurrection, salvation, sanctification, and eternal life phases also can be seen through nature’s four seasons.
Although we don’t like to think about death, death is a fact of nature, which is why Hebrews 9:27 reminds us that we all are born to die at least once. Because of the first Adam’s disobedience, we all are born spiritually dead, which is why we all not only must face a physical death but also must experience a second death (i.e., an eternity in the Lake of Fire)!
But hold on; there is GOOD NEWS. The GOOD NEWS is that God promises us that He will give us new life after death. Once again, this resurrection promise is seen best in nature. Just as the Earth dies each Fall, sleeps throughout Winter, awakens in Spring, and ripens during Summer, we who have been born again and saved from the wrath of God yet to come upon this old Earth not only must die daily, but also we must face many dying, resting, blossoming, and maturing seasons in our own lives.
Let there be no doubt about it, the true Gospel of the Grace of God in Christ puts the cross of Christ before us and then commands us to undergo our own death, burial and resurrection—to die to our mortal flesh in order to be resurrected unto eternal life in Christ. God’s Holy Spirit also teaches us that unless we experience an abrupt end to everything we are by nature, unless we have the shackles of sin completely broken off of us, God cannot raise us up into our new life in Christ (cannot justify, sanctify, or glorify us).
Now, for those of us living today who have experienced the new birth/second birth and become those saved and sold out for Christ believers who die daily, God’s GOOD NEWS also is that we neither will face a physical death nor the second death! We instead will be caught up (raptured) to meet Christ in the air, and forever we will be with Him. This last GOOD NEWS is why our earnest prayer in 2009 is for the unregenerate, unsaved people to not risk falling asleep one more night without having experienced God’s new life after death (being born again, saved, justified, and sanctified).
We do not want anybody to die a physical death (don’t want anyone to never awake again to a brand new morning), if he or she hasn’t been born again and accepted Jesus the Christ as Lord and Savior, because Hebrews 9:27 not only tells us that humans are born to die at least once but also that humans will face God’s judgment that will come after their deaths! God’s final irrevocable judgment for the ones who died with their sinful natures still intact is a resurrection unto damnation—an eternity in the Lake of fire!
Time is running out for this old Earth, and for the people who live on it. God’s soon to come wrath (judgment) will usher in a dying season unlike none that mankind has ever seen before. For the unregenerate, unsaved people there very well could be no more chances to awaken, bloom, and ripen in Christ through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, now is the time to take God up on His new life after death promise and graduate from being a sinner enslaved by sin to a sinner saved by Grace!!!
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