Life before death

Martha wept over the death of her brother. Yeshua assured her, “Your brother will rise again.” She thought He referred to the future resurrection of the righteous in the Messianic Age. Like other Jewish people of her day, she believed that God would resurrect the dead in the time to come. She replied, “I know that he will rise at the rising on the last day.” That knowledge of a future hope, however, did little to console her from her present sorrow.

Our Master Yeshua was not speaking only about the future resurrection. He said, “I am the resurrection and the life!” (John 11:25). He is the Messiah. He is the one who will bring the end-times resurrection of the dead. That makes Him a source of life for both the dead and the living, both in the future, and in the present:

Amen, amen, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. (John 5:25)

The eternal life that Yeshua spoke of was not something to be looked for only in the future, it was something to be entered into immediately. The Master’s offer of life is less about life after death and more about life before death.

Yeshua offers a miraculous and spiritual rebirth, a life born of faith and spiritual transformation. The promises of eternal life and resurrection are merely the natural, physical consequences of this born-again experience, but the life Yeshua offers is meant to be entered and celebrated now—not just up in heaven or after the resurrection.

He imparts life to all those who believe in him. He grants the believer life so much more substantial than the transient passage through death that, by comparison, physical death is as if it were not. “The who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die” (John 11:25-26). Those in Messiah pass, not from life to death, but from life to life.

This article originally appeared on First Fruits of Zion and is reposted with permission.