Object Lessons

Death and Resurrection

Objects: A Watch in battered silver case, a Gold Case in which the works of a Silver Watch 'will fit, and a Box in which the watch can be placed. (These can be borrowed from a local jeweler.)

Most of us, boys and girls, have at some time in our lives lost a dear one through death. No doubt, many of you have wondered where your dear ones are now, and when you are to see them again. I think this little watch I have here, will help you to understand something of what God teaches in His Word about DEATH and RESURRECTION.

Let us look at this watch. (Display silver watch.) I wonder if you can tell me which part is the real watch? You know there are several parts to this watch. (Remove works.) See, the silver part you were seeing as I held it up is only the case. If you went to a jewelry store to buy a watch, you would be quite disappointed if you came home with only a case, wouldn't you? The real watch is in the "works." See, the works are functioning as a watch even though they are out of the case. So with boys and girls, men and women, the real You is not the body that we see as we look at each other, though it may tell us many things about the person who lives inside. These bodies of ours are only the houses or cases in which the real YOU or the SOUL lives.

God calls the case in His Word "earthly tabernacles" (2 Cor. 5:1). As one grows old, this earthly tabernacle shows signs of age and decay. This watch case is not new. See how scratched and battered-up it is! Though the case is old, the works are as good as ever.

At death, if a Christian, the real you, or the soul leaves the earthly tabernacle and goes immediately into the presence of the Lord. "Absent from the body, present with the Lord"-2 Cor. 5:6. The works of this watch, as I told you, picture the real you. Notice, when I. removed the works from the case of the watch they did not cease functioning. So when the real you or the soul leaves the case, called the body, it does not cease living, but continues to live in the presence of the Lord. What happens to the case or the body? It is put away in a grave to await the glad resurrection day. (Illustrate by putting watch case in box and burying if possible, placing marker.)

The case, or body, of a Christian does not remain in the grave always. God's Word tells of a resurrection day, when those who have died in the Lord will be raised from the graves. This is called the rapture. This is the day when you will see your loved ones again. (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:52-57.) The body or case will not be raised as it was buried, weak, frail, subject to disease and decay, but it will be raised a "glorious body," like unto the body of the Lord Jesus.

I will put the works of this watch into the new, beautiful case. (Demonstrate.) See how beautifully the works fit into this lovely, new gold case! Though taken from the silver case, and the silver case buried, yet they have never ceased functioning. So, in the glad resurrection day, the real you or the soul, which has been living in the presence of the Lord, is to be clothed in a glorified body; one that will never be sick again; never suffer pain nor anything that chic earthly body is subject to. God's Word calls the new body "incorruptible." Clothed in the new body, we are to live with the Lord forever. "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is"—I John 3:2.

With such glorious prospects ahead, no wonder God's Word says, "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"—1 Cor. 15:55.

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