"Falling in Love with the Prince of Life"
The Resurrection and
Years ago I was listening to a preacher speak
about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. He was emphasizing
the point that Martha didn’t quite “get” that Jesus was going to
raise her brother--even after Jesus had explained it to her.
Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again
in the resurrection on the last day.”
said to her,
“I am the resurrection and the life;
he who believes
in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone
lives and believes in Me shall never
die. Do you
(John 11:24-26, my underline).
Although I had read these words many times before, when I heard them
preached that morning, the Holy Spirit hit me right between the
eyes! It’s like Jesus was saying to Martha (and through the preacher
to me), “You’re not getting what I’m saying. The resurrection is not
just an event that will take place in the future--I am
the Resurrection and the Life, right here, right now.
Not only am I about to prove it to you by raising your brother from
the dead but if you live and believe in Me you will
never die. Do you believe this?”
we fully live and believe in Christ we shall never die! That
deserves repeating. If we fully live and believe in Jesus Christ we
shall never die!
was the defining moment in my life. This verse, this statement
became the spiritual stake that God drove into my heart 30 years
ago. It was the answer to a prayer that I had been asking the Lord
for some time. My relationship with Christ has been rooted and
grounded in this verse ever since. It is the foundation upon which
this book was written.
realize that Jesus’ teaching that we do not have to die as we
commonly think of death will not be received by most who hear it.
Nevertheless it is plain Jesus taught this. Even the Pharisees
understood that Jesus taught death could be overcome, although they
did not believe Him.
Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word
he shall never see death.”
Jews replied to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham
died, and the prophets also; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word,
he shall never taste
Whether we want to believe Jesus (like Enoch, Elijah, and the
believers at His coming) or not (like the Pharisees), Jesus taught
death could be overcome.
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that
we who are alive and remain until the coming of
Lord, will not precede those who have fallen
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven
a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with
the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will
first. Then we who are alive and remain will be
caught up together with them in the clouds to
the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be
the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with
All those who believe in Christ will be included in this
momentous event commonly referred to as the “rapture”. But to be
raptured alive--and not from the grave--we must overcome.
We must overcome sin and death just like Enoch and Elijah did. We
must fully attain to the appointment by God to die the first
death in Christ and attain to eternal life. There is no other way.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the
says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not
be hurt by the second death”
Taken from Falling in Love with the Prince of Life
2009 Michael J. Silberg