"Victory of the Sleeping Saints"
John 5:28-29 | October 19
Today's scripture is taken from John 5:28-29 "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation."
The Life-giver will call up His purchased possession in the first resurrection, and until that triumphant hour, when the last trump shall sound and the vast army shall come forth to eternal victory, every sleeping saint will be kept in safety and will be guarded as a precious jewel, who is known to God by name. By the power of the Saviour that dwelt in them while living and because they were partakers of the divine nature, they are brought forth from the dead.
“The hour is coming,” Christ said, “in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth.” That voice is to resound through all the habitations of the dead; and every saint who sleeps in Jesus will awake and leave his prisonhouse. Then the virtue of character we have received from Christ’s righteousness will ally us to true greatness of the highest order.
The victory of the sleeping saints will be glorious on the morning of the resurrection.… The Life-giver will crown with immortality all who come forth from the grave.
There stands the risen host. The last thought was of death and its pangs. The last thoughts they had were of the grave and the tomb, but now they proclaim, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” … Here they stand and the finishing touch of immortality is put upon them and they go up to meet their Lord in the air.… There are the columns of angels on either side; … then the angelic choir strike the note of victory and the angels in the two columns take up the song and the redeemed host join as though they had been singing the song on the earth, and they have been. Oh, what music! There is not an inharmonious note. Every voice proclaims, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain.” He sees the travail of His soul, and is satisfied.
White, E. G. (1976). Maranatha, The Lord is Coming (p. 300). Review and Herald Publishing Association.
Reflections: The greatest hope we have as believers is tied on the promise that Christ will come again. The joy about is that it doesn’t whether you are dead or alive, if you lived righteously with God, you will be saved. Then the pain and sorrows that death has caused shall be forgotten and, no more shall there be death or mourning and suffering, for the former things shall have passed away.
Christ shall descend with great splendor; all eyes shall see Him as He come in great glory flanked by heavenly angels. The sound of their trumpets will be heard in all corners of the world. That triumphant sound of the trumpet shall wake the dead from their graves. The righteous dead shall be changed in a twinkle of an eye and they shall rise to meet Christ in the air.
The righteous living shall join together with them in the air and together they shall meet the savior. What a day that will be. There will be joyous celebration like has never been seen before. I want to be there together with the faithful saints to meet the Lord and be reunited with my departed loved ones. I pray that it is your desire too.