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April 12

Eternal Life

“And the graves were opened…” —Matthew 27:52

Read Matthew 27:50-56

Before we meditate on the resurrection, we must consider the death of Christ. The signs accompanying His death were as follows: the veil in the temple was torn, an earthquake took place, rocks were broken up, graves were opened, and the bodies of believers were resurrected. How was this possible?

It was only after Christ’s resurrection that the saints appeared out of their graves. They waited for Christ’s resurrection as the First-born of those who sleep, that is, who died. When Christ arose, the saints entered the Holy City and appeared unto many people there. Because Christ arose, in the fullness of time, the bodies of His children shall also rise from their graves. The resurrection of Christ provides the certainty of our blessed resurrection.

The Bible remains silent concerning those who rose from their graves at Christ’s resurrection. Luther believed that they were taken up into heaven to be with Jesus Christ just as Enoch and Elijah were taken directly into heaven with body and soul. We do not really know. More important is whether we can join them in singing this chorus: “When I in righteousness at last, Thy glorious face shall see, When all the weary night is past, And I awake with Thee, To view the glories that abide, Then, then I shall be satisfied.” (Psalter 31)

What does it mean that Christ is the guarantee of our blessed resurrection?

This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Educational Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact:


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