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You Can Live Forever

John Bradshaw

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In 1997, a French woman died at the age of 122, the oldest verified person in modern times. God promises that His children will live forever. Join Pastor John Bradshaw for “You Can Live Forever” and discover how the Savior who gave life to Lazarus can give you eternal life!

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John Bradshaw

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  • July 10, 2019
    7:32 AM
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It's good to be with you today we have an opportunity together to open the Bible explore God's word and hear from God through His Holy Spirit so let's pray together that the Lord will speak to our hearts today Father in heaven we thank you for the opportunity to consult you would be guided by your spirit we prayed that you would speak to us we pray that we done to stand you would a little better and that we know you a little more that as we need to be renewed they would be renewed that you'd bless our understanding God outthinking so be with us now we pray and we thank you in Jesus' name amen as I speak right now the oldest person in the world to sit to be a 115 year old Japanese woman her name is Tanaka and she took the title of the world's oldest person from a lady named CIO My uncle also from Japan now the oldest person whose age has been verified that ever in modern times we're not going back to Methuselah here is a French woman named Jean column all born in 1905 she died in 1997 at the age of 122 years 164 days madam call law met Vinson Van Gough when she was a child now there's something else interesting about her in 1965 when she was 90 she signed a contract to sell her apartment to a lawyer it would work like this the lawyer would pay her 2500 francs a month for the rest of her life and whenever she died he'd get to help us. He ended up paying him more than twice what the house was worth in fact Mrs calm all outlived the lawyer he died she kept on living which meant that his family had to keep on paying out on that deal for another 2 years it is said that her comment on the situation was in life one sometimes makes bad deals she evidently had a sense of humor and maybe a mean streak or the man in Brazil might take that record now as he claims to be 118 years old there's a woman in Russia who says that she's 129 now where this years or not who knows but there's one thing all of these people all of these long living people have in common it's a trait we all share and it's not an enormously comforting thought the fact is if Jesus doesn't return 1st. We're all going to die and I don't say that flippantly the Apostle Paul described death as an enemy and it is well I know this is attend a subject for a lot of people it's also a subject that offers and enormous amount of hope if only you know where to find that people have tried to figure out death for millenia in ancient Greece Elcom ists tried to create something called a philosopher's stone that would enable people to live forever you will not be surprised to know that the Greeks were not successful today average life expectancy is the longest in Japan where women can expect to live to almost 87 on average and men to 80 and a half in Switzerland which is 2nd women can anticipate living to almost $85.00 and a Half Men can expect to make it to close to $81.00 and a half if you live in Venezuela the average for men and women combined is 70 in Papa New Guinea it's 60 in Sierra Leone it's just over 49 but no matter who you are where you are death is a visitor that one day will stop by to see you the question we want to ask ourselves is what then what happens after a person dies and what will happen after that 1st let's consider how death got here in the 1st place God created a perfect world but before long Cain killed Abel it was just 7 chapters into the Bible that the once perfect it was destroyed by a flood now how did all that happen and why the bible starts by saying in the beginning God created the heavens and the in Genesis one verse 26 God save Let us make man in our own image and he created them US I really want to say male and female there was to be no sin no suffering no sadness no death. Gaunt gave our original grandparents some specific instructions Genesis 2 verses 16 and 17 says and the Lord commanded the man saying Of every tree of the God and freely eat but of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Not eat of it for in the day that the eat is there of. Surely. I God created human beings to live forever death wasn't part of the original plan but when sin entered the world it brought death along with it he is what happened look in the Bible and I hope you will too in Genesis Chapter 3 and we start in verse one the Bible says no the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made and he said on to the woman Yea hath God said Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden that was Satan speaking through a median in this case a serpent and he challenge the woman perhaps he called her off God No doubt she had been warned but how would you feel of a snake spoke to you Well Eve made many mistakes and one of them was speaking back we pick it up and. And the woman said unto the serpent We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the God and God hath said shell not eat it neither shall you touch it lest I and the serpent said to the woman use shell naught surely die while that was a lie death came as a result of sin which Isaiah said in Isaiah 59 in verse 2 separates a person from God Death came. But what then Hindus believe that a person may live or die many times being being reincarnated again and again before finally reaching eternal life so is that what lies before us Australian aboriginals believe that when a person dies that person's spirit goes into the spirit world and then acts as a spiritual guide and helps the living through life now you know as well as I do that if you ask people about death you'll go to get a wide range of responses purgatory nothing at all heaven or hell reincarnation and it is not a subject that we can afford to take lightly you know Satan is a monster deceiver and the Bible makes clear that before Jesus returns they will be enormous deceptions regarding dead the Bible tells us that at creation God formed Adam out of the dust of the ground and then he breathed into Adam's nostrils what the Bible calls the breath of life and as Genesis 2 verse 7 says Man became a living soul which is interesting because as a child I was told that I had a soul that would go on living after I died an eternal soul but that's simply not something that you find in the Bible according to the Bible at creation human beings were made as living souls body and breath a living soul so why in the world would the Bible say something like and the very God of Peace sent to fire you holy and I pray God Your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless under the coming of Jesus Christ you find that in this alone eons 5 years 23. Paul is expressing a thought that we can all agree with his Prayer is simply that God would sanctify us mentally or emotionally and spiritually and physically in that this poll isn't giving a study on the nature of human beings he said in a clear and very positive thing God wants us to be completely his so if you go to the Bible and search if you haven't done so I don't mind if you do you'll discover there is not a single verse in the Bible that suggests human beings have a soul that survives bodily death Oh I know you hear it all the time go to a funeral and if you go to the right funeral Maybe it's their own funeral you hear it all day long but Romans 2 and verse 7 says that we seek for immortality which we wouldn't do if we had an immortal soul. That the soul that sins shall die he wrote that in his he killed chapter 18 and it seems it was so important to him he wrote it twice is equal was clear he did not say the soul that sins is going to live forever he said it will die so I think it's important that we look at a case study. Quite the case study we find it in the Word of God Jesus had a good friend whose name was Lazarus and Lazarus enters the Biblical conversation John Chapter 11 and in verse one now a certain man was sick named Lazarus of Bethany the telling of Mary and his sister. So look at verse $32.00 just tells us about Mary having and knowing to Jesus with oil 1st 3 says Therefore the sister is sent to him saying Lord behold he whom you love is sick the force is when Jesus heard that he said this sickness is not on to death but for the glory of God that the Son of God may be glorified through this now what did Jesus have in mind Jesus had in mind some thing truly mockable drop down to the 11 way you read the Bible saying these things he said and after that he said to them our friend Lazarus sleeps but I go that I may wake him up. Then His disciples said Lord if he sleeps he will get well however Jesus spoke of his death but they thought that he was speaking about taking rest in sleep then Jesus said to them plainly Lazarus is dead and I'm glad for your sakes that I was not there that you may believe Nevertheless let us go to him now Jesus made it clear in his mind death was a sleep Jesus didn't teach that death was a time when people go to heaven or to Hell or to purgatory or some other place but a time when people went to sleep think about this from a practical perspective would you when someone is alive and thinking they have knowledge when they die what we think they have greater knowledge somebody is unconscious doesn't know anything they die and suddenly they know everything. You know the idea of going straight to an after life after death came to us through mythology not through theology it isn't something that you find in the Bible the Bible says things such as this king died and slept with his fathers that king died and slept with his fathers David said in the sons I shall be satisfied when I wake with your likeness The Bible speaks again and again of death as being asleep now something powerful was going to happen here through this Jesus' disciples would believe according to Jesus this was a teaching opportunity for the disciples and evidently for us as well verse 17 the Word of God says so when Jesus came he found that he that is Lazarus had already been in the tomb for days now Bethany was near Jerusalem about 2 miles away that many of the Jews had joined the women around MOF and Mary to comfort them concerning their brother Lazarus was as dead as dead could be he had been in the tomb for 4 days people had gathered to comfort the grieving family Jesus a joined a group of grieving people and as he entered into that scene verse 21 says that Mata said to Jesus Lord if you had been here my brother would not have died but even now I know that whatever you ask of God God will give you Jesus said to her Your brother will rise again I want you to notice something Jesus did not say your brother is in heaven he did not say your brother so sorry is in hell. He said instead your brother Lazarus will rise he did not say be encouraged because your brother is in the presence of God He didn't say we can be happy brothers and sisters today because Lazarus is in the presence of God as he is praising God with all of as relatives and as grandparents and great grandparents this was not the message Jesus gave Jesus said Your brother will rise again and now look in verse 24 Martha said to him I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day which is fascinating Mata seems to understand she didn't say I know he's in heaven with grandma and grandpa she said I know that he's asleep and I know that one day he will wake up no we move into the point of this 25 Jesus said to her I am the resurrection and the life he who believes in me though he may die he shall live verse 26 and who had the lives and believes in Me shall never die do you believe this she said to him Yes Lord I believe that you are the Christ the Son of God who is to come into the world he is the point friend the Bible assumes you will understand what it is saying about death it's too clear for us to confuse. But here's what the Bible does not assume but does encourage Jesus is the resurrection and the life he is the great difference maker is Jesus is the resurrection and the life for you in fact if we assume that the dead go straight to heaven when they die what we're saying Have you thought about this what we're saying is that we don't need Jesus to be the resurrection of the life what would be the point of a resurrection if they did go straight to wherever it is they going when they die let's pause and think about this here's what I've been told and if you have this discussion with anybody this is all you can be told to the dead immediately go to heaven where they wait until the resurrection when they come down from heaven all the way down to some grimy graveyard somewhere and at that time they inhabit a new body and they live on in the new body I could except that if the Bible said it it sounds like science fiction and I don't mean to be speaking in a derogatory sense because it is science fiction the Bible doesn't speak about death that way the Bible says the dead sleep and then and then watch the dead sleep and then watch what did Jesus say and the resurrection and the life if someone has fallen asleep in death in faith in Jesus that person is right on the day that Jesus returns death will have been as it were a momentary sleep the eyes that closed and death will open to see Jesus no awareness of time passing it's not a place where people dream a lot of dreams no one's going to come out of the graves Oh man I've been there a while I'm feeling kind of stiff none of that. Is that close in death the very next moment. That person is alive again now who are we talking about here we're talking about our loved ones you know loved ones you know parents grandparents your spouse perhaps your children Jesus is coming back and the Dade in Christ will rise look at what Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica we're going to read this 1st testimony and chapter 4 starting in verse 15 the Bible says For this we say to you by the word of the Lord that we who are alive and remain under the coming of the Lord will by no means perceive those who are asleep now let's pause it for a 2nd I want to run on the verse 16 yet we will by no means those who are alive when Jesus comes back preceded those who are asleep we won't go on before those who are asleep what that means is this evidently the Thessalonians believe that if you were to live when Jesus came back you didn't go to heaven and Paul is untangling that man is he saying no no when Jesus comes back those who happen to be alive at that time will not go on to heaven without those who passed away that's not what's going to happen and you notice how Paul described them we will by no means preceded those who want. Sleep. He's very clear in his description verse 16 the law himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God and the did in Christ will rise. Then we who are alive and remain shall be called up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and thus we shall always be with the Lord therefore comfort one another with these words wow comfort one another you know Paul is saying we'll get to see our loved ones again why because Jesus is the resurrection and the live watching a great savior if you've ever been to a funeral you know there is nothing anyone can do to bring back the deceased Not that no one no doctor no magician knows scientist you know it's just so interesting isn't it they practice this thing called. Cryogenics that's what it is the baseball player Ted Williams his family evidently paid a sum of money so that Ted Williams' body would be frozen in the hope that when science catches up and figures out a way to give people life again. His body and frankly I haven't the faintest idea exactly how this is going to work but the hope is that you're free to die they put you in a deep freeze and later on bring you back. There is no one who can bring Ted Williams back from the dead other than Jesus because on the day he returns he will say come forth once again just like he said to Lazarus Lazarus come forth grandma come forth brother or sister come forth parents and children come forth in fact let's go back to John Chapter 11 and see how the story of Lazarus resolves Jaune Chapter 11 I gave you the answer already didn't I but I want to go back and read that with you. In John Chapter 11 Jesus has said I am the resurrection and the life and we drop down out of the 38 where it says then Jesus again groaning in himself came to the tomb it was a cave and a stone lay against it Jesus said take away the stone mother protested there's going to be a stand she's been dead for 4 days but Jesus said did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God So they took away the stone and what did Jesus do next it's recorded in verse 41 he prayed Father I thank you that you've heard me I know that you always hear me because of the people who are standing by I said this that they may believe that you sent me and this is when Jesus cried with a loud voice Lazarus come forth what happened then and he who had died came bounding hand and foot with great clothes and his face was wrapped with a cloth Jesus said to them loose him and let him go then many of the Jews who had come to marry and had seen the things Jesus did believed in him what a great day it's going to be when Jesus says come forth again Grandma come for brother sister come forth neighbor friend come forth spouse you love for so long come for Jesus will say children come for what makes the difference well it isn't a walk it's a Jesus makes the difference is he making the difference for you How is your faith today. I'm not asking you how your faith in you is but how is your faith in Him are you trusting in him there's no one else to trust in you believing in Him Jesus offers everlasting life Jesus offers hope beyond the grave course he offers blessing in this life and then blessings in the world to come are you believing in Him It's Jesus who is the resurrection and the life without Jesus the grave is a cold dock place devoid of hope with Jesus the grave is a temporary dwelling one that will open up it'll open up on the day that he returns it will give up its occupant the date in Christ shall rise in 2018 the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died in Cambridge England as well as being a a famed scientist Stephen Hawking was also a well known atheist he's quoted as saying that a belief in the afterlife is and I quote now a fairy story for people afraid of the doc he said there's probably no heaven and no life either he said very plainly I'm an atheist it seems strange strange to me at least that such a bright man would turn his back on the simplest on the best on the most logical decision a person could ever make you know if you're happy with what you get out of this world and you don't want anything more than I guess you're OK If you're happy with threescore and 10 maybe a little more and that's that maybe you're OK maybe you don't want to look forward maybe you want to get out of here and stay out here but I hope not hope today that your heart responds to the love of God. Today you can see Jesus on the cross and say God loves me God wants me to be with him in eternity. I hope and I pray that you say there's a world coming up a land that is fairer than day place where the flowers never fade where the inhabitant shall not say I am sick a place where there's no sin no in justice no pain a place that's open to you because Jesus is the resurrection and the Life Is he the resurrection and the life for you let's pause he can be he wants to be he should be you know in Jaune chapter. 5 Jesus was speaking to people one day and he said here's the problem the problem is that you will not come to me that you might have life how about that Jesus does not say the problem is your alcohol he does not say the problem is your immortality he does not say the problem is that mind of yours that you don't seem to be able to keep straight he doesn't say your problem is your sin because after all he died for our sin we know that we're sinful we have all sinned according to the Bible and come short of the glory of God So there is that what do you do about that eternity stretches before you and Jesus says I am the resurrection and the life one day is going to bring Did people back to life is going to raise people from the did graves will open up all over this world and people crowned with everlasting life will come forth but before that happens they needs to be another death and resurrection in 1st Corinthians Chapter 15 in verse 31 the Apostle Paul said I die daily and we take that to mean that Paul experienced. A spiritual death on a daily basis that person that the Bible describes as the old man of sin is that person dies and God raises him up to walk in newness of life he consecrate some self to God every day that's what Paul is saying and God gives him new life you see when we look out at ourselves in the through the lens of the Bible we don't see much that's good we see sin and we see corruption and we see failure so what do we allow God to do we say God allow me to be reborn bring me back to life create in me a clean let that old me die and let a new me walk in what Romans 6 says newness of life let that be my experience you see if you are dead in trespasses and sins it's not good but if you are then you're in good company because every sinner is in that place you do about it you can try hada trying hard and never saved anybody you can use your will power and and she a bloody mindedness and determine I'm going to go straight and go God's way now you never going to be able to do that because as Isaiah wrote our righteousnesses are as filthy rags What does the sin to do that person who is Did interest passes and sins she he goes to God and says God give me a new live let your resurrection power work in me take me from Cinna to Saint through Jesus the prodigal son came home when the father said this my son was dead and now he is alive and you can find a new life in Jesus how is that possible it's possible because Jesus is. The resurrection and the life and he wants to be that for you when you allow him to do that you said John I don't think I can get over this and problem in my life you're right you can't but God can do it for you he can do it in you he'll do it through you Oh I've tried and I've failed too often far too often OK now you give your life to Jesus the old you dies and he creates a new you in the place of the old you and Jesus now lives his life in you you know up Paul wrote to the Philippians he who has begun a good work in you is faithful to perform it until the day of Christ you let God do that work and he will do that work he longs to do it he wants to do it eternal life stretches before you and you can live for ever how cryogenics know. Technology. Diet and exercise will get you further but not that far how can we live forever what did we say John 11 in verse 25 Jesus said I am the resurrection and the life in September of 2013 good created a company dedicated to finding out what it takes to live longer and then to help people to live longer a Google engineer spoke of a time when computers the size of blood cells little robotic devices would go through our bloodstream and these little devices would be connected to the cloud so when's it going to happen Google said it would happen by the year 2030. That's not long same Google engineer said a lot of our thinking will be nonbiological and it will be backed up so that if part of it gets wiped away you can recreate it we'll be able to extend lives indefinitely Oh really he says that by 2045 humans will be able to live for ever our brains he said will be connected to the internet can you imagine I don't think I want that but Google will never crack the code of life the fact is cracking the code of life has already been done we already know how to live longer the Bible tells us how a person can live forever whether we read John 1125 I am the resurrection and the life yes we want to live as long as possible as productively as possible we should do our best we should do everything we can to get more out of our lives but if we want to live forever we ought to let God do his best and he will if you give him your hot office he would to know life you can live forever and you're going to have that eternal life now in Jesus the resurrection and the life you want that I know you do let's pray together please bear you had with me now Father in heaven. Father in heaven we thank you today for Jesus. We are grateful that he is truly the resurrection and the lines. We thank you for hope beyond this world. Hope beyond our sinful selves we can't change our hearts. And we know you don't ask us to instead you ask us to allow you to do. So if you take God's today I know right now there is somebody who is saying God make me new I'm tired of the old life Lord give me a new hub a new way forward. Thank you for answering that prayer there's someone who's saying I've tried and failed and tried and failed I need a power that's bigger than me we know who that power is we know it's Jesus the resurrection and the life Frank take hold of that power today invite Jesus and believe he does and surrender to him that his life will be lived in your life we thank you today that there is hope beyond the grave we thank you for the hope that we have that Jesus is coming back soon and the dead in Christ will rise. That day comes soon we pray and we thank you for it in Jesus' name amen. Thanks for spending this time with me may God bless you.

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