How to Live Forever by Ernest Easley

How to Live Forever
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
John 11:1-27
April 12, 2009

Now on this Easter Sunday morning ... take God's Word and join me in John 11. Last Sunday we looked at an old rugged cross where we saw man at his worst and God at His best. At the cross where the savior died and salvation was born.

But now we move from Golgotha to a Graveyard. And not just any graveyard ... but a graveyard where a dear friend of Jesus had been recently buried. His name was Lazarus and he had two sisters: Mary and Martha. It's here in this graveyard we learn that there is no problem so great but that Jesus is greater.

For the thirsty, He is the water of life. For the hungry, He is the bread of life. And for the dead and dying, He is the resurrection and the life. In fact .. we're going to hear Jesus make a statement and then raise a question . in John 11.25: First the statement: "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. (And here's the question: )Do you believe this?"

What an incredible statement: "He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die."

Now I can hear somebody say, "Now wait just a minute. How can that be? I've known a lot of Christians who died." No you haven't. You say, "Sure I have." Oh no you haven't. Do you know what Jesus means here by die? Death in the Bible speaks of the separation of the a person's soul from God. When you read in the Bible of "death" .. think in your mind "separation."

Here's how Paul said it in Romans 8.38-39, "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Now here's what that means and here's what the resu ...


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