In the beginning God created mankind from the dust, a visible object, and breathed His life, which is invisible, into his nostrils. From that time onward, God became the God of living beings. Since then, visible man has become the carrier of the invisible image of God. Every visible creation reveals the power and existence of the Creator.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse – Romans 1:20
In due course, Satan deceived mankind by concealing the fact that they are the carriers of the invisible image of God and instead, compelled them to create visible images of God. Thus, the creation created the Creator and exchanged the glory of the living God into lifeless objects.
….. exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. – Romans 1:23
Those who had created these lifeless objects and those who trust in these objects also become lifeless. Though they seem to be living, their souls were dead, awaiting eternal death.
Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. – Psalms 115:8
Sin creeped into the lives of mankind and made them commit crimes like disobedience, not acknowledging the guilt, halfheartedness, envy and murder. When mankind exchanged God’s glory for lifeless images, God handed them over to lustful desires and mankind started to quench their desires in an unnatural way in order to reap their wages.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. – Romans 1:26-27
Mankind have lost their lives and have earned penalty for their sin, the eternal death. At that point of time, God sent forth His son as a ransom to die for our sins and Jesus died in our place in order to set us free from the clutches of death.
and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. – Hebrews 2:15
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23
The Good News is that by acknowledging that Jesus Christ died once for all for my sin 2020 years ago, simply brings back our souls alive and gives us an assurance of eternal life. Taking part in the Baptism of Jesus by dying with Him for sin and rising with Him for righteousness, gives mankind holiness, which paves way for entering into His kingdom.
Those who do not acknowledge this love filled act of our merciful God are deemed dead. Jesus brings out the truth that He is not going to be their God as He is not a God of the dead but a living God for all those who are alive.
Initially he revealed this truth by denying permission to his disciple to bury his father by saying that let the dead bury their dead. This seems to be very harsh for the people who are dead but for people who are alive, it is a great good news that the disciple is alive.
Again, when Jesus was warning His disciples to be careful about the rumours that are going to be spread broadly prior to His second coming, He metaphorically mentioned that wherever there are carcasses, eagles will also be there. If you are dead, you will be the victim for all these rumours but if you are alive in Christ, these eagle like rumour mongers cannot come near you.
Finally, Jesus had mentioned about His Father being introduced to Moses from the bush as the Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in order to bring forth the fact that our God is the God of the living.
Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!” – Mark 12:26-27
Let our God introduce Himself to our children as the God of your Father.