And the dead will live. A poem inspired by John 5: 25 - 26

Truly, truly, I day to you, and hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself” - John 5:25 – 26

And the dead will live. What can this possibly mean? Can the voice of Jesus bring the dead back to life? Yes it can. We only have to look as far as Lazarus to know that is true. Throughout his time on earth Jesus demonstrates his ability to bring the dead back to life. In another display of equality with the Father, Jesus amazes his audience by claiming that he also has the power to give life. But there is another meaning of life and death here. Even though we are physically alive, we can be spiritually dead. Ephesians 2:1 – “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins. 1 Timothy 5:6 – “but the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. Colossians 2:13 – “when you were dead in your sins… God made you alive with Christ, he forgave all our sins. This kind of death is a separation from God because of our sins. God loves us and designed us to have a relationship with him. He wants us to know him like a son or daughter would know a kind and loving father. But we are not perfect and he is. Because of our sin, we can’t be close to him. We are dead to him. Our lives are empty. This is not how he wants it to be and this is why Jesus came to the earth to be one of us. He lived a perfect life among us then he died to pay the punishment of our sins. If we accept his sacrifice on our behalf, God forgives us and we are perfect and sinless in his eyes. We are now able to have a relationship with him. This is the life Jesus gives. When we hear his words and believe him, he has the power to bridge the difference between our imperfection and God’s glory so that we can have a personal relationship with God. Only then can we experience all the love, peace and freedom that God has for us. This is truly living.

Darkness settles across my mind

It is a cold and empty place.

Laughter swirls around my head

Tears stream down my face.


I want to cry out

Something is wrong,

I hear the music play


The tune is haunting

It teases my tongue

I almost know the song


The memories flit

Through my mind

Of a happier, better place


Was it real

I do not know

It seems so far away


I look around me

Nothing is right

Everything has gone wrong


I thought I’d be happy

I thought I’d find joy

This was the top of the world


But it was a lie

And I’ve been conned

Where do I go from here?


What is this place?

I can’t see straight

I feel like I’ve twisted my fate


How did I get here?

Where have I been?

Can I ever return?


Life goes on

But I feel trapped

I need to get away


I put on my mask

So no one can see

The darkness inside of me


I smile and laugh

Everything’s fine

Only I know it’s pretend


My chains they grow

Heavy each day

I don’t know how to stop


This fever in me

Consuming me

Driving me further away


From the place I once was

Innocent and true

Thinking the world was good


I want to go back

To see if it’s real

To find out if I can be free


Then you catch my eye

Across the room

There’s something different in you


I feel exposed

You can feel my pain

Do you hear my cry for help?


I stand before you

Dying inside

Drawn to the light in your eye


I hear your voice

Resound within me

I think I heard it before


You offer me peace

You promise freedom

You give your life for mine


It sounds so easy

Too good to be true

There has to be a catch


You don’t understand

Who I’ve become

You have to know I’m not worthy


Then you whisper

Your name in my ear

And suddenly it’s all so clear


I remember the stories

I heard as a youth

I suddenly know it’s all true


The weight has been lifted

The chains have been cut

I cannot believe I am free


Your name is Jesus

And you have the power

To turn my death into life


I fall on my face

Awed by your love

And give my life back to you


Now you are my master

My God and my king

You rescued me from myself


What a difference it is

To be living again

Forgiven and freed from my sin


The world’s so much brighter

Happy and lighter

Regret is a thing of the past


I’ll never go back

To the darkness inside

That death is a thing of the past

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John 5:27 goes on to claim that Jesus is our Judge. To ask why a loving God would allow us to be Judged, please continue on to hub #45






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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Finely written (as usual). This took time, I know. Three cheers!


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

Thank you Mr. P! It is good to hear from you. How are you doing? I need to come visit you again soon.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Hi April.

Very beautiful. Good girl.

God bless you.


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

Thank you teacherjoe, I am happy you liked it!


newenglandsun 4 years ago

Is Jesus Michael the Archangel then?

John Gill on 1 Thessalonians 4:16 "with the voice of the archangel; so Michael is called, in Jde 1:9 with which compare Revelation 12:7 and who perhaps is no other than Christ himself, who is the head of all principality and power; and the sense be, that Christ shall descend from heaven with a voice, or shall then utter such a voice, as will show him to be the archangel; or as the Syriac version renders it, "the head", or "prince of angels"; and which whether, it will be an articulate voice, such as was expressed at the grave of Lazarus; or a violent clap of thunder, which is the voice of God; or the exertion of the power of Christ, is not certain: it is added,"


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

Excellent question. No Jesus is not Michael. Unlike Bruce Wayne and Batman, Jesus and Michael appear together in scripture. If you have a chance go ahead and read Daniel chapter 10 and send me your questions, then when I get home tonight I'll answer.


newenglandsun 4 years ago

What was going when Daniel was in a deep sleep (nirdam)?

"(i) Even though God could by one angel destroy all the world, yet to assure his children of his love he sends forth double power, even Michael, that is, Christ Jesus the head of angels." (Geneva Study Bible, comment on Daniel 10:13)


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

Very good, this is a perfect example of why the comments in the study bibles should not be considered inspired by God. Is the study bible saying that it is Jesus or Michael who is talking to Daniel in his vision? It looks like it's saying both, but that doesn't make sense. I don't have that version, what does it say in the actual verse? Mine says "then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me" -indicating that Michael is different from the person speaking.


newenglandsun 4 years ago

"And, behold, an hand touched me,.... Not the hand of the man clothed with linen, whose voice he heard, and whose hand was like polished brass, Daniel 10:6, but the hand of one distinct from him, one of his attendants, Daniel 12:5 that had the similitude of the sons of men, Daniel 10:16, and whose hand was softer, and nearer a human one; very probably the hand of the Angel Gabriel in human form, who had touched him before, when in the like circumstances, Daniel 8:16," (John Gill, commentary on Daniel 10:10)

"but, lo, Michael one of the chief Princes, came to help me; called in the New Testament an Archangel, the Prince of angels, the Head of all principality and power; and is no other than Christ the Son of God, an uncreated Angel; who is "one", or "the first of the chief Princes" (x), superior to angels, in nature, name, and office; he came to "help" Gabriel, not as a fellow creature, but as the Lord of hosts; not as a fellow soldier, but as General of the armies in heaven and earth, as superior to him in wisdom and strength; and he helped him by giving him fresh counsels, orders, and instructions, which he following succeeded:" (John Gill, commentary on Daniel 10:13)

What version of the Bible would you recommend?


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

I had heard that some believe this is Gabriel. Daniel's first two encounters are with Gabriel in Daniel 8:15 - 18 and again in Daniel 9: 20 -22. I'm wondering if you think the visitor in Daniel 10 is the same person?


newenglandsun 4 years ago

John Gill believes that it is Christ. From what I can tell, he seems to suggest that it was Gabriel who showed up after Daniel had fallen asleep. Perhaps Gabriel came when Jesus (Michael the Archangel?) went to fight off the prince of Persia. Gill only believes that Jesus appeared in the first 9 verses. Here is his full commentary on Daniel 10.

http://gill.biblecommenter.com/daniel/10.htm


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

What do you think?


newenglandsun 4 years ago

I don't really know what I think.

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