OCTOBER WEEK 3

FINAL Resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus Christ was only the beginning of the demonstration of the resurrecting power of YHWH. At the return of Jesus, God will resurrect his saints and establish his eternal kingdom. This resurrection is not a metaphor or simply a “spiritual” (a.k.a. disembodied) resurrection. Rather, our bodies will be transfigured and made incorruptible for all eternity. In the same way that Jesus was raised with a body, so will we be!

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Weekly Takeaway: We can look forward to our own bodily resurrection just as Jesus was raised from the dead.

Main Scripture: John 5:28-29

Questions: 

  1. What does it mean to be resurrected?
  2. Why was it important for Jesus to be resurrected?
  3. What will it be like for Jesus to resurrect his family?

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Instructions for Daily Reading

Each day as you engage the Scripture, we recommend following this pattern of devotional reading.  

[Take a brief moment of silence to quiet your heart.] 

  1. Read the Scripture aloud.
  2. Seek out where King Jesus is at work in the Scripture.
  3. Pray over the Scripture.
  4. Discern how this Scripture impacts your life.

[Demonstrate loyalty to Jesus in one tangible way today.] 

DAILY READING

MONDAY - 10/21

Monday: Isaiah 65:17-25

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: Isaiah 65 provides us with an amazing promise of a new heaven and a new earth. The renewal described by Isaiah suggests that the new heaven and the new earth will transform not only God’s human family, but the created order itself. This will be a kingdom where God’s family will no longer experience trial, pain, and loss as death and decay will have been extinguished. What kinds of things do you most long to see end in the new heavens and the new earth? What will it be like for humanity to no longer experience suffering? What will it be like to experience an unbroken fellowship with YHWH?

 

Today’s Reading: 

 

17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. 19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress.

 

20 No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed. 21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

 

23 They shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity, for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the Lord, and their descendants with them. 24 Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.

TUESDAY - 10/22

Tuesday: Daniel 12:1-4

Group Discussion & Reflection: In Daniel 12, the prophet Daniel receives an incredible vision of God’s family “awaking” from the earth and stepping into eternal life. To be written in the book of life is to bear the promise of this awakening. When the time comes, it will be Jesus who raises his family from their “sleep” and establishes his eternal rule. This final resurrection will be a time marked by perfect justice and righteousness. How does the reality of the final resurrection provide peace in the face of death? What does it mean that we will shine like the brightness of the sky above?

 

Today’s Reading: 

 

“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

 

And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

WEDNESDAY - 10/23

Wednesday: John 5:19-29

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: At the end of the age, just as God raised Jesus from the dead, so too will the departed who are loyal to Jesus be raised from death to new life. By his voice, those who have faced death will arise, come out of their graves, and experience the fullness of Jesus Christ in renewed bodies. How does the hope of the resurrection impact your perspective on death? What do you think this resurrection will look like? What can we look forward to in this new life?

 

Today’s Reading: 

 

19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.

 

22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

 

25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

 

28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

THURSDAY - 10/24

Thursday: Acts 17:29-34

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: In Acts 17, Paul teaches about the relationship between Christ’s eternal judgment and the raising of God’s people from the dead. The final resurrection of the dead was a central component of early Christian preaching. It was also one of the most audacious claims in the minds of those to whom early Christians preached. Why do you think Paul’s teachings were shocking? In what ways did this draw some closer to Paul’s ministry? How can we teach this same message in today’s modern world?

 

Today’s Reading:

 

29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 33 So Paul went out from their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

FRIDAY - 10/25

Friday: Revelation 6:9-11

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: In the end, Jesus will return and raise to life all those who have been loyal to God – including those who have been martyred in the name of Christ. God’s whole human family will be made whole and our eternal fellowship with God will be fully realized. How does it feel to know that your body will be renewed at your resurrection? What do you think eternal worship will feel like?

 

Today’s Reading: 

 

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

 

11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

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