Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The First Resurrection

Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. Revelation 20:5

There is a phrase commonly used, not by ignorant people, but by the so-called learned. It is "general resurrection." It is an invented term, to define an invented idea. It does not explain what the Bible says. Different people have different resurrections. The Bible says so.

Even the first resurrection is not just one event. The first resurrection began with Christ. he was the first, so fitting for the pioneer and perfector of our faith.

I once built a large bird house for purple martins. It had thirty six rooms, each with a large doorway. Martins seldom come to earth. Maybe one will swing down to pick up a leaf, yet even then, not land. They sweep the sky catching flying insects, their only food.

In the winter it's common for them to live in South America. When they return to--in my case--southern Ohio, they must be tired. I learned they do not just return en masse. One bird finds a suitable place and checks it out. He then leads the others there. He goes first, then leads the others.

This is how the first resurrection works. Our leader has led the way. In his resurrection He was the first of the resurrection of which we will be a part. First Corinthians 15:23: But each in his own turn: Christ; the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.

Like the beautiful martins, our leader will return and lead his flock home.

No comments:

Post a Comment