if a man die…

If a man die, shall he live again?
Job 14:14, KJV

Funerals are always interesting to me. Almost a week ago, one of our family friends, age 31, died unexpectedly. The day I got back from Africa, we drove to Little Rock for their wedding – my father officiated, and I was in it. Yesterday at the funeral, they played footage from that day just over six years ago.

It is a somewhat eerie feeling to see yourself in video footage at someone else’s funeral.

“Can the dead live again?” Job asks. “If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death.”

I am the resurrection and the life,
says the Lord.

He who believes in me,
even though he dies,
he will live again;

and whoever
lives and believes in me
shall never die.

None of us live to ourselves
and none of us die to ourselves.
If we live,
we live to the Lord.
And if we die,
we die to the Lord.
Whether we live, therefore
or die,
we are the Lord’s.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord,
for they rest from their labors.

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