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Tozer Devotional

Wed, October 09, 2019

The Chapter after the Last

Matthew says, “And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb.” Mark says, “And he [Joseph] bought fine linen, and took him [Jesus] down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulcher, which was hewn out of a rock.” Luke writes, “And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.” John says, “. . . There was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre . . . There laid they Jesus.” They all agree: Jesus was dead. The life about which they had been writing was gone; the biography was ended. Then for the only time in this history of human thought, a biographer adds to his book a new section, which is authentic biography and begins to write a chapter to follow the last chapter. This time the story did not end with a funeral. The Subject, whose story should have ended at death, was once again back among men to challenge new writers to try to find enough paper and enough ink to write the rest of the story of the life that can never end. Whatever is written of Him now is written of a living man. He was dead, but He is alive forevermore.

Verse

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4

Thought

What if Christ had not risen? That demonstration of His post-resurrection power would be absent. Those promises of His unfulfilled—the coming of the Holy Spirit, the presence of Christ with us, His intercession for us, His coming again.

Prayer

Forgive me, Lord, for failure to live in the experience of Your resurrection power. You declare that I died with You and may know new life just as You were raised from the dead.

“What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.”

A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Next Chapter after the Last Chapter One - The Next Chapter after the Last

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