Friday of the Seventh Week after Easter

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 20:1-21; Luke 20:19-44

He is not the God of the dead but of the living. (Luke 20:38)

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. We're sad when people die. We don't want our loved ones to die. We don't want to die either!

God doesn't like death either. It's not how He created us to be. He breathed into Adam the "breath of life." (Genesis 2) It was to be a forever kind of life, and then Adam sinned. Then death was the "natural" way of things, but it's not natural at all! God hates death, and as much as it makes us cry, He weeps when confronted with death, too. He wept because of His dead friend, Lazarus, and what his death did to all those who loved him. (John 11)

But death isn't the end. God's not the sort to just let death win. No, He takes death on. He conquers it. He endures it. He's crucified, dead, and buried, and on the third day He rose again from the dead. Not only that, He's still the God of those who die in Him--with faith in Him.

You're loved ones who've died in Christ, aren't just your loved ones. They're God's loved one, too! Their death is precious in His sight. (Psalm 116) He takes them to Himself, and present them to His Father. He died and rose for them that they might live forever with Him in His Father's eternal kingdom. You, too! All the Lord's loved ones, His saints, those He's saved and baptized and absolved and fed with His Body and Blood live to Him. "He is not the God of the dead but of the living."

That's what we'll see on the Last Day. When we close our eyes in death, we'll see our God, the Lord Jesus, face to face. On the Last Day, the Holy Spirit will raise all the dead and give eternal life to you and all believers in Christ. Death will be undone. Christ already did. By the Spirit He'll do it forever on the Last Day. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Jesus, my Redeemer lives; Likewise I to life shall waken. He will bring me where He is; Shall my courage then be shaken? Shall I fear, or could the Head, Rise and leave His members dead? (Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense, LSB 741:2)

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