DayBreaks for 05/10/12 – The Dead Listen

DayBreaks for 05/10/12 – The Dead Listen

From the DayBreaks Archive: 05/08/02

John 5:28-30 – “28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out-those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.

It’s interesting to look at the situations in which Jesus raised the dead.  Consider Jairus’ daughter.  Consider the widow’s son.  Consider Lazarus.    There is something common in all three of these resurrections miracles.  In all three cases, Jesus speaks to the dead person, and in all three instances, they hear.  In all three cases, not only do they hear, but they immediately obeyed the voice of the Lord.

John 5 tells us that they will not be the only ones in history who hear the voice of the Lord.  In fact, all of us who die before the Lord’s return will hear his voice, and when we do, we will come out of the grave.  There will be some who obey the voice of the Lord because they love Him and it has been the pattern of their life to obey.  Then there will be the rest – those who hear his voice and come forth out of the tomb not because they want to, but because they have no other choice.

I find it interesting that the dead never fail to hear and obey the voice of the Lord, while the same can not be said for the living.  Amazingly, it is not the dead that can’t hear, but those who are still alive.  Why should this be?  Perhaps because while we’re alive, we have a choice.  It doesn’t appear that the dead have a choice.  But I think that there may be another reason, a reason Jesus pointed out to Martha, when he told her, as recorded in Luke 10:41 – “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things…”  Doesn’t that describe what life is like?  There are so many things that yell for our attention, that distract us and which drown out the voice of the Lord.

If you are too busy to hear the voice of the Lord while you are alive, rest assured that some day you will hear it whether you want to or not.    Luke 8:8 – “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

PRAYER: Oh, Lord, help us hear your voice today and tomorrow and every day thereafter!  May we come to know your voice as our Good Shepherd, and not only as our Judge!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/06/12 – My Easter Regret

DayBreaks for 04/06/12 – My Easter Regret

Let's let our voice be heard!

 5 Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. Matthew 28:5-6

This Easter will be much different for me than the last nine.  This Easter Sunday, I will find myself not in the pulpit proclaiming the risen Lord, but part of the congregation.  I can still celebrate with great joy the reason behind the day – and I will!  But I will miss preaching an Easter sermon.

Easter has always been my favorite time of the year to preach.  In some ways, it may be the most difficult time for unbelievers to come to grips with the Easter story.  Rising from the dead?  Yeah, right.

But to the eyes of faith, we see the stone as it begins to move, the crunch of the smaller rocks as they are crushed beneath its weight.  We see the angels as they descend, spellbound by the dawning glory of God’s plan, bowing (with wonder and in honor) of the Son as his little finger starts to twitch, his eyelids begin to flutter…and He rises.

William Sangster was one of the great preachers of the 20th century. Toward the end of his life, he became quite ill. His vocal chords were paralyzed and he was unable to speak. On the Easter Sunday morning just before he died, he painfully printed a short note to his daughter. In it he wrote these poignant words: “How terrible to wake up on Easter and have no voice to shout, ‘He is risen!’ but it is far worse to have a voice and not want to shout.”

I have realized that just because I’m not in the pulpit, I still have a voice, I still want to shout!

My prayer for you this Easter is wake up on Easter and not just be able to speak, but to shout it every day for the rest of your life: He is risen!  Let every day be your Easter morning and let the story be on your lips every day…as long as Christ lives, which is forever!

PRAYER: Give us courage, give us the wonder and awe to joyously proclaim that our Lord is risen!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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