Our God is alive. He is alive.
During the week God opened my eyes to a new layer of this truth.
It all began with this verse:
“Now, He is not the God of the dead, but of the living [so their forefathers will be among the resurrected]; for all live [in a definite relationship to Him].”Luke 20:38 AMP, emphasis mine
This was Jesus responding to a question from the Sadducees about marriage in life after the resurrection. You can read the whole account in Luke 20:27-47, but Jesus essentially says that in the resurrection there will be no marriage and that those who are raised from the dead cannot die again because God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
It was that line of Jesus’ response that struck me: God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
It reminded me of a similar statement said later on in Jesus’ time on earth:
… and as the women were terrified and were bowing their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why are you looking for the living One among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise [from death to life]”.Luke 24:5-7 AMP, emphasis mine
He is not here, but has risen.
Jesus is alive! Alive!
Our God is the God of the living, and what better way to show this than through the resurrection of His Son! His Son, who was publicly crucified, dead and buried for three days, is resurrected and fully alive. If this is not a testament to our fully alive God, then I don’t know what is!
God is all about life. In the beginning He created life in all it’s forms – light, morning and evening, land and sea, sky and earth, plants, sun, moon and stars, fish and birds, land dwelling animals, and finally man.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.Genesis 2:7 NKJV, emphasis mine
Since God is alive, everything He touches becomes alive.
Another great testament of God’s life-giving nature is the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37.
Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! Thus says the LORD GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live“‘”Ezekiel 37:4-5 NKJV, emphasis mine
Now, just as God is a giver of life, He is also the One who can take it away. Jesus illustrated this with the fig tree He cursed.
And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” and His disciples heard it.Mark 11:13-14, 20 NKJV
Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
Our life-giving God is also the One who can take life away. Whether He gives or whether He takes away, His name is still to be praised (Job 1:21).
However, in this it is important to remember that God seeks to give life and longs for us to have life; it is in His nature to do so.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, until it overflows].”John 10:10 AMP, emphasis mine
When I read this verse in the context of all the above, I felt quite challenged with this notion coming to mind: if my God is the God of life and since He does not steal, kill and destroy, then any area in my life that is not alive must not be under His lordship.
(It’s a bit wordy, so maybe read that again.)
Let me put it a different way: if my God is the God of life, then I have life. If there is any area in my life that is lacking or “dry”, then He must not be God over that area. Therefore, I need to make changes so that He is God over that area.
Now, I am saying all this in context. There will be seasons of wilderness (just like Jesus experienced) and one persons “life” will not look the same as another’s. But when we serve God, and give ourselves wholly over to His lordship over all areas of our lives, we grasp hold of a life-giving source, THE life-giving Source, that is beyond anything this world could offer.
And so it does not matter what things look like, whether we are rich or poor according to the world, when we have Jesus, we have life. In fact, we have His life.
In this [union and fellowship with Him], love is completed and perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgement [with assurance and boldness to face Him]; because as He is, so are we in this world.1 John 4:17 AMP, emphasis mine
As He is, so are we in this world. As Jesus is right now, seated at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19), so are we right now in this world.
If He is fully alive, then let us be the same.
Let us surrender all of ourselves to His life; let us yield to His abundant life.
For He is alive.