January 20, 2018: SOAP #2970:  Genesis 49-50; Psalm 8; Luke 20 Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 20: [Jesus answering questions about the resurrection] 37 But in the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord 'the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'. [...]

January 20, 2018: SOAP #2970:  Genesis 49-50; Psalm 8; Luke 20

Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 20: [Jesus answering questions about the resurrection] 37 But in the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord 'the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'. 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

Observation:    To Moses " Abraham and Isaac and Jacob were dead; but to God 'all are alive.' Those to whom Jesus was talking knew history.   Jesus knew the present!     Moses and those to whom Jesus was speaking knew the location of the graves which held the bodies of their forefathers.   Jesus knew the location of their spirit-being!   He could speak with authority"they were alive!

Application:    If I believe Jesus, which I do, then I should make careful preparation for continuing my life in God's presence after I die.   The Apostle Paul wrote that to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord.   In Luke 16 Jesus makes it clear that life and consciousness continues after death, and that there are two possible destinations: heaven, a place of blessing, and hell, a place of torment.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, in your great plan, you provided this earth a suitable place for us to live in our physical bodies.   You have also provided for the continued life we will have after the death of these bodies.  Entering eternity with our sins unforgiven, hell awaits with all its torment.   Entering eternity with our sins forgiven, heaven awaits with the joy of living in God's presence.   Thank you for making the choice clear. Amen

Pastor Leon
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