“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” – John 5:25
Scripture reading: John 5:24-29
After winter, it is always a joy to see how nature revives. It is a joy to see the flowers pop their heads out of the ground, the trees filled with buds and how they are ready to leap into full bloom soon. Every year again we receive a tiny, little taste of God’s resurrection power. When all seems dreary and dead, the Lord shows He can resurrect nature all around us.
Something far more glorious will take place one day. Christ will bring forth each of those who have died at His coming, back from the dead. He has the power!
- He shows it every year at springtime.
- He showed it at the grave of Lazarus.
- He showed it when He Himself rose from the dead.
All can look dreary and depressing. But on that day He will show that He is the Resurrection and the Life! He will show everyone the glory of this name!
When you have heard His voice in conversion, you will know something of this power already working in your life. We, who were dead in trespasses and sins, He made us alive. But there is more to come! The resurrection power that we experience when we are born again fills us with a living hope that one day, the whole world will be transformed with life. That is the inheritance that awaits believers (cf. 1 Peter 1:3-4). On that day Resurrection life will flourish as we have never seen before! Praise God for life!
Suggestions for prayer
Thank God for the hope that the resurrection of the dead brings to our lives. And praise God for giving us yearly reminders of His Resurrection power in the seasons.
Rev. Pieter van der Hoek served the Heritage Reformed Church of Burgessville ON Canada since May 2017. This year he took a call to the Heritage Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa USA. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.