Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 6, 2012

Family

Family is very important to God.  Many believe that during the resurrection, family members will come back in close time proximity.  We will come back from the grave looking the same as when we went in.  The story of Lazarus illustrates this:

“Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day [thousand year day].””  John 11:23-24

“Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb.  It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.  “Take away the stone,” he said.  “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”  Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”  So they took away the stone.  Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”  When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.  Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”  John 11:38-44

Families will have resurrection parties in place of funeral services.  As time progresses, wounds will need to be healed.  Forgiveness and repentance will be the order of the day.  And many family mysteries will be solved.  People will see how the sins of one affected the kids or even grandkids.  It will be as if sins are not only individually dealt with, but also the healing will take place simultaneously among the entire human family.  This intergenerational restoration is hinted at in a few scriptures:

“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.  Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”  Exodus 34:6-7


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