…and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He performed in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places…
— Ephesians 1:19-20
Because of Jesus, one day all people will be raised from the dead, either for salvation or damnation. It is not merely a handful of individuals who will be resurrected as was the case in Jesus’ earthly ministry when he said “Talitha cumi,” and a young girl rose from her bed (Mark 5:41), or “Lazarus, come forth,” and Lazarus walked out with his grave clothes still on him (John 11:43-44).
No, Jesus said that all that are in the graves shall hear His voice and come forth in that day. Everyone! And more than that, it will happen instantaneously—in a moment. In the twinkling of an eye, it is all going to be done. Surely, that seems to be utterly incredible. Yet, that is what we are told, and what we are called to believe.
What is the solution to such an apparent impossibility? The apostle Paul said to King Agrippa, “Why is it judged incredible by you, that God raises the dead?” (Acts 26:8). There is the other dimension. There is the other factor—God—”God raises the dead.”
Question to ponder:
What does it mean to you to know that the same God who raised Jesus from the dead will one day raise you?