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The Generous Thief

God's Promises Death Resurrection

Source: The Defiance Crescent News, Feb. 19, 1985

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Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: John 11:25 ; Job 1:21

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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ILLUSTRATION

Back in the 80s, I worked for a kind-hearted man who owned a small sign shop. He was far from the most successful businessman I'd ever met, but he treated his customers with respect and fairness. I remember how downhearted he was when he told me his pickup had been stolen. A couple of months later, the truck was returned but in a very unusual way. The story, which made national news, was featured by Paul Harvey.

Here's how it appeared in the local paper:

DEWITT, Mich. (UPI) -- Kelly Terrell says the person who stole his 1975 Chevrolet pickup truck can take it again "any time he wants to." That's because Terrell, whose truck was taken from a shopping mall in December, got the vehicle back Sunday --with a fresh coat of paint and a number of other repairs. Terrell told police Monday he had received a call from a stranger who lectured him about his truck's poor condition. The stranger then told Terrelll he could find the pickup in the parking lot where it had been stolen.

When Terrel arrived at the lot, he found his truck and a three-page list of repairs made by the thief. In addition to sanding and painting the pickup, the thief performed bodywork and made a number of mechanical repairs. 'It is not a practical joke,' Terrell said. 'I have no idea who the man is. It is all very strange, but that man can steal my vehicle any time he wants to.'

APPLICATION

The Bible tells us that God gives but He also takes away (Job 1:21).  Our health, our earthly treasures, and even our life will all one day be taken. But there's nothing that God takes away that He will not return to us, only in much better than it was before!

"Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live" (John 11:25, ESV). 

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Scientists Discover Whole-Body Regeneration Switch

Resurrection Easter Hope

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-04-18

Scripture: John 11:25 ; Philippians 3:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Harvard Scientists have discovered a DNA power switch that controls genes for regeneration, with the potential to adjust the range of regeneration. It is hoped that the discovery will one day lead to the ability to regrow limbs, like the salamander, or mimic the jellyfish's ability to regenerate their entire bodies after being cut in half.

But it's Christians who should be most excited by this discovery, for we know the One whose hand is on the switch. After all, God wrote the code!!

APPLICATION

What makes this a double discovery is that it was found among what scientists call "Junk DNA," DNA that was allegedly left lying around by Evolution, with no real purpose. What an incredible treasure to find amongst the so-called "junk!" Finds like these demonstrate that there really is no such thing as "Junk DNA," just junk science!

Rather, there is a purpose behind all of the code our Creator has written into our DNA. Just because we have yet to discover its purpose doesn't mean that it has no purpose. It just means there's a lot we don't know.

But there is no excuse for ignorance when it comes to regeneration.  The Scriptures inform us that it is God's intent to one day make full use of that whole-body regeneration switch!

When Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die," wasn't He also saying, "Don't worry, the code for whole-body regeneration is real and I know that code!"?

No Better Hope Than Heaven

Heaven Hope Resurrection

Source: "Inside the Funeral Homes Posing The Dead Like They're Still Alive" by Drew Schwartz

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Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2018-08-14

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9 ; 2 Corinthians 5:4

Author: Rod Crowell / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

It's called "extreme embalming"--posing the deceased, not in a casket, but sitting or standing up, with the appropriate supports of course.  It might be the body of an 18-year-old young man, slumped in an office chair with a PS4 controller in his hand, as if he were playing his favorite game NBA2K--with favorite snacks at hand.  Or, a boxer propped up at the far end of a makeshift ring, in his robe and gloves.  Or a Southern belle socialite, sitting on a bench in designer clothes, with a feather boa, her hand cradling a champagne flute.

This is how their families wanted to remember them; frozen in a fond memory.

APPLICATION

When we lose a heavenly focus, it's natural to cling to the experiences of this life.  We look back instead forward.  We choose denial of the reality of death over hope in the reality of heaven. 

However, if we believe in Jesus who is the Resurrection and the LIfe, and trust Him to pay for the sin which condemns us to mortality, then we can look forward with confidence to something far better than a posed funeral service--to an eternity too wonderful to even imagine!

"But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9). 

Deceased Charged A Termination Fee

Death Selfless Resurrection

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-03-23

Scripture: Philippians 3:10 ; 2 Corinthians 4:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Man Interrupts His Own Memorial

Easter Resurrection Joy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-28

Scripture: Romans 8:21 ; 1 Peter 3:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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God Will Bring Us Home

Resurrection Heaven God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-31

Scripture: Psalms 139:13 ; Revelation 21:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Magician Raise Thyself!

Resurrection Easter Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-22

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:21

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Hardness of Heart Resurrection Bible

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2015-08-04

Scripture: John 1:11

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Easter Quotes

Easter Quotes Resurrection Abiding

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Author: Various
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Witnesses to the Resurrection

Resurrection Testimony Persecution

Contributed By: Geoff Follas | Date Posted: 2015-04-04

Author: Geoff Follas / Illustration Exchange
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