From Pastor Johnny

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Will You Rise UP? Day 3

You Know the Pattern:    John 11:26

And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

         The pattern is a mental belief and repentance that translates to a living expression. This is real faith that shows itself in our lives in words and deeds. One of the great preachers of the Puritan era captured the real meaning of the resurrection in his sermon entitled, “The Death of Death in the Death of Christ.” The title is more than a play on words. It contains profound truth.

 Jesus Christ explains that He is the reason we will rise up. Our place in heaven is not about our behavior or our desire, but it is about the person of Christ.

In one of his books, A. M. Hunter, the New Testament scholar, relates the story of a dying man who asked his Christian doctor to tell him something about the place to which he was going. As the doctor fumbled for a reply, he heard a scratching at the door, and he had his answer.

“Do you hear that?” he asked his patient. “It’s my dog. I left him downstairs, but he has grown impatient, and has come up and hears my voice. He has no notion what is inside this door, but he knows that I am here. Isn’t it the same with you? You don’t know what lies beyond the Door, but you know that your Master is there.”