Coming One Day Soon Are You Ready?
by Jimmie Warren
During a quiet moment or late at night, have you ever thought about death and what might be after it?
How about when your at a loved ones funeral,do you think it is going to be me one day?
No time is really a good time to think about death, is it? We would all rather not think or talk about our own demise do we? Yet death is always here,it is all around us and when will our number come up?
I did a TV special about death and what happens afterwards on Cox-public T.V a few years ago. The title was "The Resurrection." I start the show by walking in a graveyard and as my cameraman (my son Victor Warren) pans toward a blank tombstone, I asked, "One day you and all those you know will have their names put on one of these grave markers; then what?"
Have you ever seen your last name engraved on a tombstone or grave marker? Maybe it was your mom or dad or someone else in your family? How about grandparents who have passed or other friends and family?
Next time you visit a loved one who has passed away, stop and ask yourself, "What really happens next? "
What do you believe about the after life? Did Jesus really die and rise from his grave, or is there nothing left except worm meat?
Read your Bible where Jesus say's "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live,even though he dies;and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" Ask yourself ? John 11:25-26
Now would be the time to examine the resurrection of Christ because if Jesus was not resurrected, you will not be raised from your grave either! I Corinthians 15:12-19
Christ died for our sins then rose from his grave after three days and three nights. He did this to atone for our sins that we might live forever with him and Almighty God.
I Corinthians 15:19-26 Think about that!
Now let’s see when Christ died, and then where and when he was raised from his grave or tomb. Despite popular opinion, Jesus did not, repeat did not, die on Friday afternoon and rise on Sunday morning!! Jesus died on a high Holy Day it was the Passover on Thursday ,Try to get 3 days and 3 nights in this time frame? Count it yourself.
Jesus died and was in his grave three days and three nights; then he was raised on the morning of the first day of the week, early Sunday. Mark 16:1- 6, 9
If you have been paying attention, counting backwards from Sunday morning to see what day Jesus was killed, You'll see, we were all taught wrong by our church doctrines?
The confusion is that the Jews count their weekly Sabbath from sunset to sunset. (Friday at dusk to Saturday at dusk) Then to make matters more confusing they called all their holy days "Sabbaths" as well.
So, if you look at your calendar and count the days like the Jewish people do, you will see that Friday night starts the seventh day on our current calendar. That’s right, Friday night to Saturday night is the seventh day of the week. However, this would be another article about the Sabbath. I’m just getting a focal point to show you. Unlike we have been taught, Jesus did not die on a Friday afternoon.
When Jesus prepared to keep his last Passover night before Jewish Passover ,this is known as the Last Supper, he sent some of the Disciples ahead to prepare for the occasion. The Passover was to be celebrated on what we would count as Wednesday night but, what the Jews would consider as early Thursday. (remember dusk to dusk)
Jesus was betrayed by Judas that same night and went before the court and to his crucifixion--about 3 pm Thursday a special Sabbath day the beginning of the Feast of unleavened Bread. This is why they where in such a hurry to get him down from the cross and buried. It was soon becoming a Sabbath day at sundown! The Jewish Passover Started at sunset!
Read about Christ’s last Passover in your Bible chapter's Matthew 26 or Luke 22. These will tell about Jesus’ last night before his betrayal and capture and death.Now, if you understand how the Jews count days and that Christ was crucified on a Thursday after noon, you can see how he would be raised on the early morning of the first day of the week, Sunday. [Mark 16:2-6]
Now that we have the days straight, we are back to the question ,do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? That he was born of a virgin birth by the Holy Spirit, and that he died like all of us have to?
The big difference is that he was raised up out of his grave after three days AND THREE nights then He ascended to the Father’s right hand. If you believe this, then what is going to happen to you after your death? Will you be raised or what?
[I Corinthians 15:12-28]
We will be raised to meet Jesus at his coming and be with him one thousand years and beyond.
Then after a 1,000 years of the Millennium ,God the Father will come to this earth with the heavenly host to raise all the dead to be judged. [Revelation 20:11-15]; [Revelation 21:1- 3]
If you truly believe this, then you will be raised out of your graves and be brought back to live forever with an incorruptible body like Jesus---and live forever and ever.
[I Corinthians 15:42-58] Amen and hallelujah!!
This is the greatest news you will ever read! The greatest thing you will ever see or hear is the sound and sight of Jesus Christ descending with his angels and saying, "Rise!" This is the first resurrection.
Be ready for that day ! Don’t be sorry or afraid the next time you see a grave. Know for sure that Jesus overcame death!
Before you die, believe, no- know, you will be raised from the dead in the first resurrection. The best thing is that all mankind will come out from their graves to meet our all-loving God the Father. [Revelation 21:1-7] Amen.
I hope this brings ease to your heart and mind as it was meant to relieve the sadness of death!
your humble servant
Jimmie W. Warren