The waking of the dead
Thanks to the day of Jesus’ resurrection two thousand years ago, there will be a marvelous day for the resurrection of His fans: “Dear fan, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who are asleep, so that you will not be saddened like the fans of the Matrix who have no hope. Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, we also believe that God the Father, through His Son, will bring those who have fallen asleep back to join Him. For we tell you this by God’s word, that we who are alive and remain till Jesus’ coming, will not precede those who are asleep” (1st Thessalonians 4:12-15).
How wonderful! If Jesus were to return today, those of His fans who are alive would see Him descend from heaven and at the same time they would witness the resurrection of the fans who have descended into the tomb over the centuries. If Jesus were to return at this moment, I would be able to witness the resurrection of the dead because the “last day” would have come: the only day on which the dead can rise.
God is the God of the living, not of the dead. He wants me to live forever. “God… has placed the thought of eternity in my heart” (see Ecclesiastes 3:11); this Word tells me that I was created to live eternally. Ultimately, man aspires to immortality because God wanted us to remain immortal: He created us for this pleasure.
It is true that as human beings we continue to die, but a real paradise awaits me: this is the hope that the Creator of the universe continues to make resound from generation to generation till the last day. Jesus rose again in history; I will rise again in history. This is the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life at Jesus’ return.