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Lord, I pray today for my country. May those in national leadership positions be fully aware of the responsibilities they carry. Help them to make wise decisions. Give them vision, and enable them to know that in the end they are accountable to you. In Christ’s name I ask it. AMEN.
Lord God I pray today for police officers as they go about their duties. Protect them from harm, and help them to keep calm in all situations. Bless their loved ones waiting at home, fearful of what might happen to them. Help them to cherish each other. In Jesus’ name I ask it. AMEN.
Lord, I thank you today for my parents, for all the sacrifices they made for me, the way they brought me up, and the example they set. Forgive me for not having been more appreciative when I was younger. And make me a good Christian parent, I pray. AMEN.
“The truth is that Christ has been raised from death, as the guarantee that those who sleep in death will also be raised”.
1 Cor 15:20 GNB
The question as to what there might, or might not, be by way of life after death was very much an open question in the days of the New Testament. The Jewish group who were called the Pharisees agreed that there was life after death. The Sadducees did not. The teaching of the Pharisees on this question had developed in the few hundred years immediately before Christ’s birth.
Then Jesus came and after his ascension, the apostles taught that believers in Christ who died would be raised to life in a form similar to the way Christ lived after his resurrection. They pointed to Christ’s resurrection as the guarantee of a future life for believers. Those believers who had died since his resurrection would be raised with him. The Apostle Paul, in this major passage about Christ’s resurrection, says, “Those who have died will rise with him and they and us living believers will know life together in this new form”. The new form of life would not be a natural development to which all dead people would come. It would, like Christ’s resurrection, be a miracle of God for believers. In this respect Paul’s teaching was a new formulation that created the Christian hope of life after death.
Christians do not believe that at death the spirit leaves the body and that it is now with God whilst the body rots away. Christians look forward to a new life in a reconstituted body the same as Christ’s post-resurrection body that is suitable for fellowship with God and with Christ. It is an exciting prospect!
Lord, thank you for the hope of our future life in Christ.
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