“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2).
Daniel was a Jewish man who lived in Judah when Babylon conquered and deported all of its citizens. God’s judgment had come just as Isaiah foretold: the walls of Jerusalem were breached and the temple destroyed. The people of Judah were scattered and those in bondage were relying on the promises God spoke by the prophets. Many were looking for Messiah to come and save them.
While captive in Babylon, Daniel had a vision of the future. He saw a great resurrection in which all who had died were raised up from their graves and judged: some to everlasting life and others to everlasting contempt. Daniel’s hearers must have asked, “How does God decide between life and contempt?” The answer was the only standard which God had given for fellowship with Him: “Keep all the commands He has given.” But no one can do that! Isaiah’s prophecy (Isaiah 53) was the only hope. A Messiah would come who is free from sin, and our failures would be laid upon Him. He is the difference between those who are raised to life and those who face everlasting contempt.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the promise of resurrection and everlasting life through Messiah Jesus. In Him we pray. Amen.
As We Wait: Many people believe they can earn their way into heaven. Watch for an opportunity to share with someone today that Jesus is your hope for heaven.