"I tell you the truth. If a person continues to obey my teaching, then that person will never die."
— John 8:51 NLT
When we become Christians, when we are baptized into Christ, we die to our old selves. We are raised to live a new life. The old life is gone. The most important death that matters has happened. Yes, we will eventually have our bodies die. But as Christians, we are united with Christ and not even death can separate us from Christ. The living part of us goes to be with Jesus and awaits his triumphant return to earth in glory when all that belong to him are changed and given immortal bodies and go to live with him forever. When we obey him, when we belong to him, death cannot claim the living part of us. We will never die, but live with the Lord forever. As Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 4:18, we should encourage one another with this message!
Almighty and eternal God, my Abba Father, thank you for making me yours and joining my life to Jesus so that death can only claim my body, but can never have me. I look forward to the coming day of victory when I join with all of your children and celebrate and participate in your glory! In Jesus' name and by his power I praise you. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- John 11:17-25
- Romans 6:3-9
- 2 Corinthians 5:6-9
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.