"In most solemn truth I tell you that a time is coming--nay, has already come--when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear it will live.
But a time is coming--nay, has already come--when the true worshippers will worship the Father with true spiritual worship; for indeed the Father desires such worshippers.
for my son here was dead and has come to life again: he was lost and has been found.' "And they began to be merry.
Wonder not at this. For a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice and will come forth--
caused us, dead though we were through our offences, to live with Christ--it is by grace that you have been saved--
"Leave the dead," Jesus rejoined, "to bury their own dead; but you must go and announce far and wide the coming of the Kingdom of God."
We are bound to make merry and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has come back to life, he was lost and has been found.'"
"Believe me," said Jesus, "the time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
For just as the Father awakens the dead and gives them life, so the Son also gives life to whom He wills.
How is it you do not understand me when I speak? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my words.
He who is a child of God listens to God's words. You do not listen to them: and why? It is because you are not God's children."
Now just before the Feast of the Passover this incident took place. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father; and having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
When Jesus had thus spoken, He raised his eyes towards Heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee;
Well, then, we by our baptism were buried with Him in death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from among the dead by the Father's glorious power, we also should live an entirely new life.
For this reason it is said, "Rise, sleeper; rise from among the dead, and Christ will shed light upon you."
And to you--dead as you once were in your transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your natural state--He has nevertheless given Life with Himself, having forgiven us all our transgressions.
"To the minister of the Church at Sardis write as follows: "'This is what He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars says. I know your doings--you are supposed to be alive, but in reality you are dead.