19th October 2012

Wake Up To Our Life In Christ

“The people came to take a look, not only at Jesus but also at Lazarus, who had been raised from the dead.”
John 12:9 (MSG)

Have you heard of taphophobia? It comes from the Greek word “taphos”, meaning “the grave”, and is the fear of being buried alive. Personally, I shudder to think of the very idea. But it used to happen more often than we would care to imagine. Nowadays it is less likely due to the processes involved in pronouncing someone dead. 

Yet even today people do, on a rare occasion, unexpectedly come back to life. The phenomenon is called the Lazarus Syndrome. A recent example is a woman who died of a heart attack in Reading, England. Her family were both taken aback and overjoyed when she woke up within an hour of her being declared clinically dead. 

All kinds of biblical ideas come to mind. We rest in the certain hope of the resurrection. Science has described what happens to our bodies of flesh and bone when we die and decompose, but what about the essence of who we are? Some call that essence the soul or the spirit, the part of us that is not tangible and physical. 

Spiritually and physically, all of us are mortal; in other words, subject to death. The Bible explains that all of us participate in acts that lead to death. Jesus died so that he could give us the victory over the grave and death, thus giving us the hope of everlasting life after this temporary life. 

Jesus, who engages us in his sacrificial death for us, also brings us into the power of his resurrection. We don’t stay dead, cut off forever. The Spirit of Jesus enlivens us so that we live no longer to death, but to life eternal. “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you” (Romans 8:11 NIV UK). 

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions” (Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV UK). 

Living God, help us to walk each day in the life of the Spirit, knowing that in Jesus we are no longer spiritually dead but are alive to you.  In Jesus’ name.

 Study by James Henderson

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