June 02, 2018: SOAP #3103: Proverbs 22-24; Romans 14 Scripture:  Romans (NIV) 14:8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.  9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he […]

June 02, 2018: SOAP #3103: Proverbs 22-24; Romans 14

Scripture:  Romans (NIV) 14:8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.  9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

Observation:    I can understand why Christ would want to be the Lord of the living, but why would Christ want to be the Lord of the dead?    Because the dead, those who have 'gone before,' those who are not 'with us' any more, those who have 'passed from this life' are not really dead.   Why are the dead called 'dead' in this verse?   Because Romans is a letter written to those still living in the flesh.   We who are still living in the flesh have seen people die.   We have seen their lifeless physical bodies placed in the grave.   To us, they are dead.   Yet they have the same Lord in death as they had in life.   They have the same Lord as we, the living, have!     Their spirit is as alive now as it was when they were with us.

Application:    Do I enjoy knowing the Lord Jesus Christ in life?   I will enjoy it so much more in death.   Do I enjoy fellowship with my Lord now?   I will enjoy it so much more then.   Can I see God's hand at work around me now?   I will see it so much clearer then.

He is my Lord now, but when those around me call me 'dead' I will be more alive than I have ever been in life!   Do not let my dead body fool you!

Prayer:      Lord, thank you that your promises extend through our physical death into eternity!   You are my Lord now, and you will be my Lord then!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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