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Do YOU Want To Live Forever? (John 5:19-27)Gary McManus, August 6, 2017
Part of the Life With Jesus is Better series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
August 6, 2017 John 5:19-27 (p. 1054 / p.1068)
“DO YOU Want to Live Forever?”
Christians do believe that they will live forever.
Do you recall where in the Bible
it speaks of humans living forever?
Bible says: death is a part of life.
and it has been since the beginning.
Millions of dollars are being spent to
But people have always sought to
Live forever: Ponce de Leon.
And humanity has prolonged life. . .
We Americans have mixed feelings about
living forever or even living a very long time.
Our society (without churches) leaves people
unprepared for death:
Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook, book:
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience,
and Finding Joy.
Church life helps you live with Jesus and live for Jesus.
Church life helps you deal with life and death.
Bible is more positive about death:
Hebrews 4:10, Isaiah 25:6-8
Death is God’s rest—for those who follow Jesus.
See also: Revelation 21:3-4, 1 Peter 1:3-8,
2 Corinthians 5:1-10, I Thessalonians 4:13-18
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19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. (ESV)