If you have no share in the living Lord, may God have mercy on you! And if you have no share in Christ’s rising from the dead, then you will not be raised up in the likeness of His glorified body. If you do not attain to that resurrection from among the dead then you must abide in death.– Charles Spurgeon.
Prophets have foretold that a Messiah will come to save not only the Jews but all the living. This hope was in the hearts of all Hebrews in the Old Testament. However, some of them did refuse the Messiah when He had arrived. Instead, they ordered for His crucifixion and death. All of these happened to fulfill the plan of God to grant salvation to the living and hope for the dead. And Jesus is the Lord for both the living and the dead.
Today’s devotional reading is from the Letter of Paul to the Romans 14:9. Please, read our recent devotional from the Letter of Paul to Titus 2:13-14: Our Blessed Hope In The Glory Of Jesus Christ
Jesus died to save the living
The death of Jesus Christ is often not the event remembered by the living. Moreover, when talking about the Bible, people remember other Bible stories. And when asked what the Gospel is about, others will say it is about doing good works and having good virtues.
Let us all keep in mind that the Gospel is about the life of Jesus, how He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. And that He died on the cross for our transgressions and resurrected for our salvation. Thus, He is the Lord of both the living and the dead.
Jesus resurrected to be the Lord of the living and the dead
Jesus’ resurrection is the final event that proved He is the Lord of both living and the dead. It is written, forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14).
Jesus had to live like the living, except He did not sin. Likewise, He has to die to receive the wrath of God that was intended for the sinners. Furthermore, Jesus was dead, for three days, like the dead. However, He rose from the dead on the third day to fulfill the prophecies spoken by God through the prophets. Why the third day? – Read more.
This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
- Do you believe that Jesus lived a sinless life?
- Or that He physically died and physically resurrected on the third day?
- Have you accepted Him in your life as your Lord and Saviour? Accept Jesus Now.
- Do you recognize Jesus as the Lord of both the living and the dead?
- How do you share His Gospel with others?
- Lenten Season: Resurrection Sunday – He Has Risen!
- Discover God’s Love & Grace To Motivate You Daily
- What Takes Place In Death?
- How Do We Accept God’s Will?
- How Are We Redeemed From The Curse Of The Law?
Heavenly Father, our Creator, honour and glory to your name. Thank you for the magnificent creation we have within and around us. Also, we thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins. He has received your wrath for us and gave us the precious gift of eternal life with you. O, Jesus Christ, you are the Lord of both living and the dead. You have conquered death and the hold of Satan to those who believe in you.
Grant us, Holy Spirit, that our faith in Jesus Christ will not waver, but will be steadfast. Like the love, He has for us and the obedience He has to the Father. May we walk every in the spirit and not of the flesh. Deliver us from any evil and help us fight all temptations that come our way.
We ask these in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.