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Destination: Land of the Living!

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Date: April 14, 2013

Speaker: Bill McKenzie

Series: Stand Alone Message

Category: Default

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:50–15:57

Things aren’t always what they seem to be. The story of David and Bathsheba is a prime example. They had an affair and Bathsheba became pregnant. To hide the indescretion, David arranged for her husband, Uriah, to be sent to the front lines to be killed in battle. David, by all outward appearances, did the right thing by taking in the widow and unborn child. David thought he had solved his problem but the prophet Nathan delivered God’s message of judgment in 2 Samuel 12:13-14.

God sees what is in the heart and never makes a mistake. But in our skewed perspective, we blame Him for the consequences of our actions. David repented, but saw that his son was very sick. He fasted and prayed but the boy still died. In God’s perfect perspective, He does not punish with death. The child died but he suffered no longer—he was with God! David understood the resurrection of the dead (Psalm 116) but those around him thought he was crazy. (2 Samuel 12:21) David’s understanding of that doctrine gave him hope.

Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints”. David understood the promise of the coming of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13-16) and knew he would see his son again. All believers will dwell with God one day (1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18) and there will no longer be any separation. In Christ, death means life! (1 Corinthians 15:50-58) death only wins for a moment as we mourn the loss but in Christ it means eternity!