“And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection” (Hebrews 11:32-35)
Today’s Morsel: The Book of Hebrews main theme is the word ‘Better’. Throughout its pages, it reveals to us the things which are better because of Jesus Christ. The writer tells us that some of the patriarchs of old would not accept deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Many of them were given a chance to denounce their faith and trust in Jesus, but they refused. They placed their hope in a better life after death. Paul states, “Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.” (Romans 6:8-10). If we felt good about being baptized in His name for the remission of our sins, then we should feel good about the resurrection that will give us a new life.
Sing: Go ahead, drive the nails in my hands; laugh at me where you stand. Go ahead, and say it isn’t me; the day will come when you will see! Cause I’ll rise again; Ain’t no power on earth can tie me down. Yes, I’ll rise again, death can’t keep me in the ground.
Thought For Today: “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection” (Romans 6:5)