Daily Reading: December 1

Read Is 7:10—8:8
Isa 8:1-8 Then the LORD said to me, “Take a large tablet and write on it in common characters, ‘Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz.’ (2) And I will get reliable witnesses, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah, to attest for me.” (3) And I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the LORD said to me, “Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz; (4) for before the boy knows how to cry ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria.” (5) The LORD spoke to me again: (6) “Because this people has refused the waters of Shiloah that flow gently, and rejoice over Rezin and the son of Remaliah, (7) therefore, behold, the Lord is bringing up against them the waters of the River, mighty and many, the king of Assyria and all his glory. And it will rise over all its channels and go over all its banks, (8) and it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass on, reaching even to the neck, and its outspread wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.”

You may wonder why are we looking at these verses and not 7:14. It is because unless we look here we cannot be certain of God’s promise of Immanuel there. The Lord has Isaiah take prophetic action. Isaiah goes to the prophetess and bears a son whose name means “In Speed Spoil, Booty hastens.” Such will be the case of the Assyrian invasion of Israel and Judah. In previous verses of chapter seven the Lord describes the invasion of Assyria into Israel and to Judah and the things that happen then. The Lord has foretold it.

As such that is what happened when the Assyrians invaded, conquered and exiled the people of Israel. Judah was not untouched either in the Assyrian campaigns. By 722 B.C. these things have occurred just as the Lord had predicted. The prophet cries “O Immanuel” harkening back to the previous verses in chapter seven for hope.

So now that the prophecies of the Assyrian invasion and conquest have been fulfilled just at the Lord has predicted, now we can take comfort in chapter seven. Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. It was a sign of comfort to Hezekiah that his enemies would be destroyed, namely Israel and Syria. God fulfills this prophecy in our age, the New Testament age. Because of the prophecy fulfilled concerning Israel, Syria and Assyria we can be certain that the Lord has fulfilled this prophecy also. The virgin, the Virgin Mary, did indeed conceive and bore a son in her virginity. He is called Immanuel, God is with us. For that is who Jesus is, God with us. The “with” here carries with it the force of not only being with but also “for” for if he is not for us, it matters not that he is with us. But in the person of Jesus we see God is with and for us because as the God-Man, Jesus conquers our enemies, not those of flesh and blood but spiritual ones. Jesus conquers sin, death and the power of the devil. He can do that because he is not only man but also truly God. He has promised to return at the end of the age and usher in his visible kingdom where righteousness reigns. O come Immanuel!

Lord we thank you for fulfilling your prophecies of the past so we may be comforted by the prophecies of the future. Grant us faith in your Immanuel, Jesus Christ, that we experience the redemption of our bodies on the day of his second advent. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Reading: November 30

Read Is 6:1—7:9
Isa 6:2-7 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. (3) And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”… (5) And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” (6) Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. (7) And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

At some point in time during Isaiah’s ministry, he receives a call from God directly to the prophetic task. He was to warn Israel, Judah and the world about God’s coming wrath to call them to repentance. Isaiah does not only that but issues many proclamations about the salvation of their God for them and for the world through God’s chosen servant.

During this call Isaiah sees a vision of the worship of God in heaven by the angels and he sees the seraphim which are burning serpents or dragons with six wings. Even these perfect, angelic creatures cannot look directly have God but cover their eyes and bodies with their wings. As they do so they sing a song which has been made a part of a hymn sung during the liturgy of Holy Communion. As we sing it, we too join them in their heavenly praise, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” We sing this song, because we too, like the angels, are in the presence of the Lord of hosts who has joined himself to our humanity and gives us his very body and blood in the New Testament Supper.

Even as Isaiah, recognizing his own sinfulness and humble position in the presence of God, when we gather together as his body, the Church, and we are his presence, his body and blood in the holy sacrament, we too confess our sins like Isaiah. He, even though he is a prophet of the most High, confesses he is a man of unclean lips among a people of unclean lips. We confess our sins at the beginning of the service and many other times during the service. Isaiah has even seen the Lord with his own eyes, yet God is merciful to Isaiah and does not strike him down dead. Having confessed his sins, a seraph, an angel takes a coal from the altar of God in heaven, touches Isaiah’s lips and proclaims him clean, his “guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

In similar fashion, God has sent an angel, a messenger, to you to accomplish for you the same thing when you humble yourself before God, i.e. your pastor. Your pastor with the authority of Christ lays his hand(s) upon you and pronounces absolution, that is forgiveness. (John 20:22ff) God has us baptized with water and the Word and make us clean. (Titus 3:4ff) Like the seraph, the pastor takes Christ’ body and blood from the altar for you to eat and drink and likewise you can be certain “this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”(Matt. 26:28) Our Lord is one who uses instruments to convey his grace.

Lord, may we with Isaiah confess our iniquity and with Isaiah receive the means by which you will convey your grace to us that we may believe our guilt is taken away and our sins atoned for. In Jesus’name. Amen

Daily Reading: November 29

Read Is 5:1–25
Isa 5:18-25 Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, who draw sin as with cart ropes, (19) who say: “Let him be quick, let him speed his work that we may see it; let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near, and let it come, that we may know it!” (20) Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (21) Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! (22) Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, (23) who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right!

The Lord, the God of Israel is building his case against the people of Israel in the eighth century B.C.. For these four woes plus two more earlier, the Lord is charging Israel with and explaining why he is bringing the Assyrians upon them to destroy them. Like most wicked people, the Israelites didn’t think they were doing anything wrong. They were justified of their own actions in their own eyes. Yet God had judged them righteously and not according to man’s standards. It isn’t as if they didn’t have the Law of Moses which warned them about what would happen if they turned away from the perfect will of God and trusted in false gods, particularly worldly wealth and their stomachs.

So the Israelites are condemned because they taunt the Lord of Hosts saying let’s see if these prophecies of doom come true, then we’ll believe it. They were just like people of today casting aside the warnings of God’s wrath to come. God’s warning to Israel and their subsequent destruction is a lesson and warning to us. The Israelites treated evil as good and good as evil. How much more so today where the world around us accepts and promotes homosexuality and fornication as good and condemn those who speak out against it, just as an example. Yet God’s judgment against all iniquity is coming.

The Israelites thought they were hot stuff and knew everything. How much more today with those who say they cannot believe and trust in a God that does x, y or z, things God indeed does do in the Scriptures and so they reject God’s wisdom and judgments because they think they know better than God but their minds are darkened and cannot see the truth. There were those who were champions at drinking and as such brought injustice to the land. Can we say the world we live in does anything less? God’s judgment against Israel is a warning to us and the world. He is calling us to repent of our evil deeds and judge ourselves according to his holy will. He is calling us to trust in the Holy One of Israel, Jesus Christ, who took this judgment upon himself on the cross and offers a full, complete pardon if we would but humble ourselves before him and confess our guilt. Judgment begins with the House of God. What will happen to the world?

Lord you have warned us in your Word of your righteous judgments and provided pardon in your Son Jesus. Grant us faith to believe, repent and do what is acceptable in your sight. Amen.

Daily Reading: November 28

Read Is 2:1–22
Isa 2:2 It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, (3) and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (4) He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore… 11The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. (12) For the LORD of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up–and it shall be brought low;

The second chapter of Isaiah speaks of the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. What will it be like for those who have trusted in the promises of God from the Old and New Testaments? It speaks of a better day when men shall trust in God and his Christ alone. It speaks of how the Lord alone will be exalted on that day and into eternity. God himself will teach us. The Lord Jesus Christ shall put on his righteous paths.

A stone at the United Nations misquotes verse four and gives the impression that humanity, our current fallen humanity will bring this to pass. But it is only Jesus and his reign that makes this possible. Only Jesus and his reign over humanity’s heart by the Holy Spirit can bring this Utopian society about. There in the new age, only the Father, Son and Holy Spirit will be exalted and praised.

This current age does not recognize or submit to the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed it does everything it can to fight against it. It does recognize or praise the mercy of God found in Christ Jesus. It only recognizes power and those who exert it. Along with power the world looks to its wealth as chief among the gods because wealth buys power over men’s hearts and minds. People will look to everyone and everything, they will make up gods in their hearts to gain power and wealth. They cannot trust in Christ alone for all good things; they cannot look to the Father of lights to be merciful and kind to them. And so like rebellious five year olds, humanity pushes away the hand of God and says, “I can do it myself.” Yet it then turns to creation and the imagination of men’s hearts and worships them instead of the God who created and makes such thinking even possible. All that is lifted up as God and against faith in God and his Christ shall be brought low, humbled and made for naught on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ and the ushering in of his visible reign among us. Only those who have humbled themselves before Jesus and trusted in his work and his word shall be exalted together with him. Jesus is inviting you this day to cast aside your pride, to cast aside all created things, and everything you trust as God and to believe and trust in him for your eternal salvation and for all temporal goods in this world.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant us such faith in you that we may humble ourselves now, casting aside everything tempts us to trust in created things for every good to the end that we may dwell with you in the world to come and be exalted with you on the day of your second advent. Amen.

Daily Reading: November 27

Read Is 1:1–28
Isa 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! (11) “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats…16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, (17) learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. (18) “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool…25 I will turn my hand against you and will smelt away your dross as with lye and remove all your alloy… 27 Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness.

What damning things the Lord speaks to Israel. Yes the Lord is speaking to Israel here. He is calling her the wicked cities he had once destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah! Here our Lord compares their sacrifices that he had once commanded to those of the surrounding pagan countries. He is not pleased with them. Jesus would at the beginning of his ministry make a similar comparison: Mat 11:23-24 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. (24) But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”

The people of Israel and Judea were not pleasing to God because they ceased to have unfeigned faith in the Lord their God. As the author of Hebrews writes, Heb 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Instead they worshiped gods of their own understanding. They worshiped in a way that was pleasing to themselves. Because of this God would send the Assyrians, the Babylonians and the Romans to conquer his people and hopefully through these trials bring them to repentance.

The repentance that the Lord is looking for is ceasing to continue to do evil and the commencement of doing good. But such repentance is only possible if there is a promise from God to receive it. It is only possible by trusting what the Lord promises. What does the Lord promise? He promises to turn our sins which are like scarlet and crimson into being white as snow and wool. The bloodshed which our sins bring about, the Lord our God will wipe out. How will he accomplish this? Jesus brings this about through justice and righteousness. Not that he brings justice upon us or having his righteousness wipe us out but instead Jesus receives justice upon his own flesh and by the righteousness of God, the Lord punishes our iniquity by placing it on Jesus. No sin is left unpunished. No unrighteousness is left unatoned for. You have been declared innocent and not guilty. You have been declared righteous for Christ’s sake. Repent therefore and believe the good news.

Heavenly Father, though you condemn our wickedness it is not your desire to annihilate us but to bring us to repentance and restore us to yourself. Grant us a repentance unto salvation through the merits and works of your son Jesus and make us, sinful as we are, white as snow and wool that we may enter that good land you have prepared for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: November 26

Read Rev. 22:1-21
Rev 22:11-17 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” (12) “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. (13) I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (14) Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. (15) Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. (16) “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” (17) The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

Wow, kind of harsh there Jesus. But perhaps we should practice this a little bit more as Christians. If people want to be reprobates, let them. Does that mean we never give them a warning of the punishment to come? Well if we listen to the whole of scripture then no. But that doesn’t mean should spend an inordinate amount of time trying to convert them. Warn them, give them the gospel and if they want to continue in darkness let them.

We who are Christians should shun the deeds of darkness and live in the righteousness and holiness we were called to as we await the day of judgment. Christ is coming and his recompense is with him. If you have washed your robes in the blood of the Lamb through holy baptism you will get to eat from the tree of life and live in the presence of God. If you have chosen to not believe the good news, well you’re outside the party. You’ll be in what is called the lake of fire which was prepared to punish the angels who rebelled against God.

Jesus has the right to do this because he is God. He is the Eternal One. That is what Alpha and Omega the Beginning and End mean: The big circle representing eternity. He is David’s source as God and he is David’s descendant concerning the flesh. Jesus is the promised Messiah, the Christ, God incarnate. He’s that guy in all the stories who is the lost son of the king who is sent on a mission, gets rag tag team, goes to the point of death and comes back to defeat the enemy and win the girl (the Church).

And the good news is that you’re invited to partake of the water of life freely that you too may enjoy eternal life in and with God at the wedding feast of the Lamb. So, are you coming or not? The Spirit says, “Come.”

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for obtaining salvation for us and procuring for us the water of life in Holy Baptism. Give us your Holy Spirit that we may forever partake of this gift and live in your righteousness and holiness. Amen.

Daily Reading: November 25

Read Rev 21:9–27
Rev 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb… (22) And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. (23) And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. (24) By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, (25) and its gates will never be shut by day–and there will be no night there. (26) They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. (27) But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

In the creeds we confess we believe in one catholic and apostolic Church. The church is apostolic because its foundations are the teaching of the apostles. Jesus never wrote anything down. But He gave His apostles the Holy Spirit who reminded them of all things He had taught and they taught the Church. These apostles and their representatives wrote down all that the Spirit of God had given them for the Church to know and believe. So in Acts it is written, Act 2:42 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

Now in the new creation, on the new earth, God the Father Almighty and the Jesus the Lamb of God will directly communicate with each of us. No longer will we need anyone to teach us. Even as now God dwells in each believer’s heart we shall see then that we also dwell in God. Paul says, 1Co 13:12 “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” On that day John tells us, 1Jn 3:2 “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”

Now who is it that will part of that city, which is the Church but those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life? If you are not connected with Christ’s body the Church in this life, you most certainly will not be connected with it in the world to come. For those connected to the Church are found in Church. Peter says, 1Pe 1:1-2 “To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (2) according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood” these sprinkled are those baptized. And Paul says, 1Co 1:2 “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints…” It is God’s choosing who is written the Book. You cannot earn it. It is by grace, a free gift of God. He collects those who are His through the Church and calls them out, separates them from the world through baptism. In this Church, Jesus gives us the things we need to persevere in the faith until his second coming. He teaches us is Word through his pastors. He gives us is body and blood for the strengthening of our faith. In as much as it is in you, join yourselves with the saints of God.

Lord Jesus Christ, ever grant us your Word that we may be called out from the world through the message of the apostolic Church and find ourselves written in your Book of Life. Amen.

Daily Reading: November 24

Read Rev 21:1–8
Rev 21:1-5 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. (2) And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. (4) He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (5) And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Revelation really doesn’t teach us anything that hasn’t already been taught to us in the rest of Scriptures. It is like a summary of all of what Scripture has taught us elsewhere. Chapter twenty-one is no different. Isaiah has spoken of this day. Isa 65:17-19 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. (18) But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. (19) I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress.” And again, Isa 66:22-24 “For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the LORD, so shall your offspring and your name remain. (23) From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the LORD. (24) “And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”

This present world is corrupted by sin. When Adam rebelled against God in whose image he was created, it sent out a ripple effect throughout created. Creation sought its redemption just as mankind did. Paul writes, Rom 8:20-21 “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope (21) that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”

St. Peter also writes of this, 2Pe 3:10-13 “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. (11)…what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, (12) waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! (13) But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” When Jesus returns and raises us up from the dead, he raises us and creation incorruptible and perfect, that is, all those who trust in his name. The rest shall suffer everlasting torment and shame with the angels that rebelled against him in eternal death in the last of everlasting fire. So, where are you going to be on that day? Trust in Jesus.

Heavenly Father, you have made exceedingly great and wonderful promises in your Son Jesus Christ. Grant us faith that we will be raised to everlasting life in the new heavens and new earth of the day of his second advent. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: November 23

Read Rev 20:1–15
Rev 20:4-6 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (5) The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. (6) Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.
Chapter 20 of Revelation is another depiction of the end of the word. It’s timeline begins with the ministry of Jesus. The first few verses are a repeat of what we saw in chapter twelve. It is also recorded in the gospels: Luk 10:18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
Now this thousand year reign of Christ is not a literal thousand years. It is symbolic of the fullness of time. A thousand is made of up of the number ten cubed. Ten is the number of completion. A cube is a perfect object. 10x10x10, completeness and perfection together is shown here. St. Paul tells us, Eph 1:7-10 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,… (9) making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ (10) as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”
This first resurrection is our baptism. Rom 6:4 “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” 1Pe 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,…”
The reign of Christ is his ascension to the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:33, Rom. 8:34, Col. 3:1) and our rule is currently with Christ having Eph 2:6 “seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,…”
Rev 20:11-12 “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. (12) And I saw the dead, … before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.” The dead are simply those who are raised on the last day who do not have faith in Christ. (Eph. 2:1) They reject the grace of God and seek to be judged according to what they have done. They will get their wish. The living are those who have faith in Christ and their names are written in the book of life. (John 11:25, 26). Believe in Jesus and you have eternal life.
Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for the gift of eternal life and seating us with you in the heavenly places. Do not blot our names from the book of life but ever keep us faithful to the end. Amen