Day Two: Because I live, you also will live

John 14:18-20“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

The disciples may have wondered – “is Jesus abandoning us?” But Jesus promises that they will see Him.

The fact that the disciples will see him suggests his coming spiritual presence with them is not in view, and the fact that the world will not see him rules out the second coming. So, most likely, he is speaking of his appearance after the resurrection, at which time he will impart the Spirit to them. Not only will they not be abandoned, with Jesus’ return after the resurrection they will enter into the new kind of life he has been revealing throughout his ministry…This salvation is a matter of life: Because I live, you also will live. They will live because they will be united to him by the Spirit and thus come to share in the life of him who is resurrection and life. All of this is made possible by Jesus’ own death and resurrection. [Whitacre, R.A. The IVP New Testament Commentary, p.360]

We now share in Jesus’ resurrection life. Who we are and what we live is resurrection life from which obedience flows. “…I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…” (Gal 2:20). Let’s ask God to help us believe this truth even more, and let’s thank and praise God for His resurrection life – His obedient life of love that He has given us in Christ. Let’s also worship God in song with “No Longer I” (Matt Redman) (click here).

-CH

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