Stay Dead Olive

I know that sounds cruel. But, if she died a Christian why would she want to come back to this world? She’s with Jesus now.

Isn’t that our goal and hope? To spend eternity with the God who made us, loved us, and redeemed us?

Isn’t life now full of suffering, sin, and pain? I know it is for Olive’s parents. But they claim to be Christians. While they may grieve for a season they too should have hope in the Lord both that they will spend eternity with him and with her.

I can’t imagine their grief. I sympathize with it though. Our Lord is not unsympathetic either. He has raised people from death in the past, but it is rare.

Many billions have died. Far fewer than that were ever raised. The widow of Zarephath’s son was raised in 1 Kings 17:17-24. The Shunammite woman’s son was raised in 2 Kings 4:18-37. An unnamed man was raised after falling into Elishah’s grave and touching his bones in 2 Kings 13:20-21.

Jesus raised the widow of Nain’s son in Luke 7:11-17. He raised Jairus’ daughter in Luke 8:52-56. He famously raised Lazarus of Bethany in John 11. After Jesus’ resurrection “many” saints were raised in Jerusalem in Matthew 27:52-53.

Peter raised a girl named Tabitha, or in Greek Dorcas in Acts 9:36-43. Finally Paul raised Eutychus in Acts 20:7-12.

And of course we cannot forget the Lord’s own resurrection. Altogether we have ten accounts of people being raised from the dead in Scripture, assuming we can count the various telling of Jesus’ resurrection as one.

Every one of them with the sole exception of the Lord either died again or was taken up to be with the Lord. Which, we cannot know, for we are not told. That’s ten accounts compared to tens of billions of people. Clearly the Lord can raise the dead, yet it’s an extremely rare miracle.

In his own good time, the Lord will resurrect us all. Some to eternal life and some to eternal punishment. You have the opportunity in this life to choose which outcome you will have.

Choose life. Repent of your sin and put your full faith and trust in Jesus and live.

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  1. By the way, I seriously doubt that raising money is going to persuade the Lord to raise Olive from the dead. None of the accounts listed in the bible indicate that money was God’s motivation for raising the dead.I know that Olive’s family likely incurred large medical bills and the like, so money donated for that purpose might be worthwhile, but don’t expect any gift you give to influence God’s will in this.

    Pray for her family.

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