RAISE THE DEAD

"For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will
show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel.  For just as the Father raises the dead
and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes. "  John 5:20-21 NASB

Lately, I have been camping around the scriptures about the resurrection from the dead and the
second death.

But I like to focus on the fact, that Jesus raised the dead, because God raised the dead.  We are to
raise the dead, because He commissioned us when He said go preach the good news, heal the sick,
cleanse the lepers and raise the dead.  Freely you have received, freely give. (see Matthew 10:8-9)

I have been hearing about many incidences, where people have been raised from the dead,  but I
have yet to see one right before my eyes...but guess what?  I want to and I like to see my Father
glorified through it.  So far, I have witnessed many healing, and even creative miracles, as well as
demons being cast out, mighty release of infirmities and people lead to the Lord as Jesus was
preached.

In Hebrews 6, Paul speaks about leaving the elementary teaching of Christ, in order to go on to
maturity.  One of the elementary teaching mentioned is the resurrection of the dead.  (see Hebrews
6:1-2).  

How about this:
"Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and
the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen
asleep were raised:  and coming out of their graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy
city and appeared to many."  Matthew 27:51-53

Can you imagine living in the city of Jerusalem, and someone coming to your door knocking, and
when you open up, you see your great-uncle who has been dead for awhile?  He came out of his  
grave after Jesus' resurrection and went to appear to many!  

This is food for thought!  

If Jesus was never raised from the dead we are in trouble!  In Acts 1:8 it states that we receive
power to be His witnesses....  What are we witnessing?  Jesus been raised from the dead, His
resurrection
.  

The Apostles testified and witnessed the resurrection of Jesus.  

Peter testified in Acts 4:10 "let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name
of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man
stands here before you whole."

"Therefore, being a prophet and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of
his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this,
spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh
see corruption.  This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses..."  Acts 2:30-32

"..and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnessed."  Acts
3:15

"And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, And great
grace was upon them all."  Acts 4:33



Gabriele Gilpin

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"And as you go,
preach, saying:
'The kingdom of
heaven is at hand.
Heal the sick,
cleanse the lepers,
raise the dead,
cast out demons.
Freely you have
received, freely
give."
Matthew 10:7-8


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