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`Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth: they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5:28-29).

Everybody will have a resurrection, but not everyone will have the same resurrection. Some will be resurrected to life; all others to damnation (Revelation 20). Let’s look at the First Resurrection.

The First Resurrection is the one you want to be in. This is the resurrection to life. Those in this resurrection will spend eternity with Jesus in Heaven, in the mansion He has prepared for each of His elect. According to I Thessalonians 4:13-18 (and also I Corinthians 15:51-52), Jesus will return to gather His people in what is known as the rapture, a “snatching away”. And this is what Jesus will do--snatch away from earth all believers, dead and alive, to be with Him.

In vs.14, Jesus comes with the souls of believers already in Heaven. He then will shout for all the dead bodies of these believers to rise (vs16), to be reunited with their souls. From the graves, from the depths of the seas, from ash and dust in the ground, these bodies will rise. Those long turned to dust will have their molecules reassembled by the power ofAlmighty God. Whatever condition the believer’s body is in, it will be resurrected to a glorious, incorruptible body no longer subject to sin, sorrow, death, disease, aging, pain, or the natural laws of physics. Our bodies will be like Jesus’ resurrected body (Philippians 3:21)--except without scars. And all this will occur in the fraction of a fraction of a second, the twinkle of the eye. What an awesome and powerful God our God is!

“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection” because “on such the second death hath no power” (vs. 5-6). The First Resurrection is the one you want to be in. Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be.

Friday March 27 at 7:00 p.m., First Baptist Church in Gray will host “Grand Ole Opry Gospel Night”, an evening of country Gospel songs. The event is free but seating is limited and reservations are needed. Contact or call the church (986-3098) for reservation information.