For we were born by mere chance, and hereafter we shall be as though we had never been, for the breath in our nostrils is smoke, and reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our hearts; when it is extinguished, the body will return to ashes, and the spirit will dissolve like empty air. Our name will be forgotten in time, and no one will remember our works, our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud, and be scattered like mist that is chased by the rays of the sun and overcome by its heat. For our allotted time is the passing of a shadow, and there is no return from our death, because it is sealed up and no one turns back – Wisdom of Solomon 2:2-5

1. The Answer

Hunger and thirst being no more, there shall be no need of food. Weariness and fatigue being no more, there shall be no need of sleep. Death being no more, there shall be no need of births to supply the place of those who were removed. Enjoying the full presence of God and his Christ, men shall no more need the marriage union in order to help one another. Able to serve God without weariness, and attend on him without distinction, doing his will perfectly, and seeing his face continually, clothed in a glorious body, they shall be ‘as the angels which are in heaven’ – J.C.Ryle

2. The Issues

If Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are dead, as the Sadducees believe, then God’s promise to them was limited to the duration of their earthly lives, which renders his promises finite and unfulfilled. God’s word, however, cannot be bound; it is not an epitaph of human limitations but a promise of divine potential. God would not pledge himself to the dead unless the dead were raised to life. Jesus’ argument for the reality of resurrection is based on the assumption that the call of God establishes a relationship with God, and once a relationship with God is established, it bears the promise of God and cannot be ended, even by death. The relationship is the result of the promise and power of God that conquers the last enemy, death itself. – James Edwards

  1. Remember that our God is alive
  2. Remember that our God is active
  3. Remember that even the worst things about life can’t destroy you
Chris Daukas

Chris grew up in a moral home, but didn’t find the grace of Christ until he was a sophomore in college. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2002.

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