ANOTHER RESURRECTION? YES, INDEED!
“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
We just celebrated Easter joyously remembering that first day of the week when Jesus burst forth from the bonds of death. Paul writes that the last enemy to be destroyed is death and that God has given us the victory through Jesus Christ [1 Corinthians 15:26, 57]. This resurrection is to eternal life.
Approximately 540 years before Jesus, God gave Daniel this account of when Christ comes again at the end of all time. Yes, the dead will be raised and all believers will be like the stars that shine in the heavens as in that resurrection we will be adorned in Christ’s glory forever.
Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! We repeat that unbelievable but real news throughout the Easter season because of the joy knowing that God loves each one and gave up his son to suffer and die to pay the price for all sins. That price was the death of being rejected by God. He went where no believer needs to fear going. He went freely into God’s wrath and rejection. He rose giving the assurance of that same resurrection to all who believe on him. Another resurrection? Yes! Indeed! Alleluia! Christ is risen, indeed!
Prayer: Almighty God, through the resurrection of Your Son You have secured peace for our troubled consciences. Grant us this peace evermore that trusting in the merit of Your Son we may come at last to the perfect peace of heaven; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
(Prayer for Easter Tuesday, Lutheran Service Book ©2006, CPH)
(Devotion by Pastor Richard Mau of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Des Plaines, IL)