Dead No Longer

But the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. (Mark 16:6)

Read: Numbers 16:41-18:32, Mark 16:1-20, Psalm 55:1-23, Proverbs 11:7

Relate: On Friday, February 1, 2008, WSVN news channel 7 related an event that even I tend to be skeptical about. Jeff Markin was in the emergency room of a hospital in Palm Beach Gardens when he has a massive heart attack and dies. For forty minutes the staff tries to revive him to no avail. Dr Chauncey Crandall was about to call it when he felt God stirring his spirit to pray for the man. Other doctors and nurses were already preparing Jeff for the morgue when he prays for him. Once again they shock him and instantly hear a perfect heartbeat. The dead was dead no longer.

I’ve met and heard stories from missionaries in other parts of the world who have seen and experienced such resurrections. I’ve read about it happening in times past through the faith of men of God like Smith Wigglesworth. Of course there’s that bestselling book about the boy who comes back from the dead. I will do my best to keep the sarcasm out of my voice in relating that one. No… really. Jesus raised more than a few people in his day, the most famous being Lazarus. But Jesus is the only one who, once dead, raised Himself back to life. His visit to the grave was a short one. He was just making a delivery (my sin), and doing some vandalism (kicked down the gates) and theft (the keys).



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