KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 27:52 KJV “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,”
According to the bible certain fascinating things happened after Jesus died and resurrected. The bible said the graves were opened and some of the saints who had died came out of their graves, visited the Holy city, and appeared unto many.
Once again, the death and resurrection of our Lord revealed the superior person He was. The scripture said the saints who were sleeping in their graves rose up. What does this statement, sleeping in their graves imply? Does it mean the spirits of those dead are in their bodies in the grave? What happens at death? We learnt from verse 50 that, the Lord Jesus gave up the ghost and so He died. It is the departing of the Spirit from the body, that constitutes death.
Let’s consider a few examples 25:8 reads, “And Abraham gave up the ghost and so, He died……”Gen 25:17 also said.’…… Ishmael gave up the ghost and died….” There are a number of descriptions of death, that the bible describes it this way. At death the spirit or ghost leaves the body. The bodies that are buried does not contain the spirit.
In the grave it is only the flesh and bones, which rot after some years.
The statement that the bodies are sleeping is a figurative one.
What constitute the raising of those bodies? This is a complete miracle. What happens is the Spirit which is in the presence of the Father comes with a new body and even bones.
In Ecclesiastes 3:21 the scriptures reveal that the spirit of man goes up Ecclesiastes 3:21 KJV “Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?” Apostle Paul says when He departs (that is, his spirit leaves his body) He would be with the Lord. Philippians 1:23 KJV “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:” To those who teach that the dead are sleeping in the grave must revise their notes.
Now we just studied that those who die in Jesus go to be with Him. What happens to those who have not surrendered their lives to Jesus but died? The unsaved will find their end in hell fire. Jesus spoke so much about hell fire. John 3″3.
THOUGHT: TO ACCEPT JESUS IS TO SET YOURSELF UP FOR HEAVEN
Isa 5:13 KJV Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore, hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
John 3:3 KJV “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”