“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
I find it so interested how Jesus' words have a double meaning in this passage. He first speaks to those who are spiritually dead but physically alive. He then speaks of those who have died physically. There seems to be a difference between those who hear his voice before death than those who hear after they die. Those who hear before they die will be resurrected to life and those who refuse to hear Him in this life will not.
This passage is good news for Christians who fear death and judgment. These verses are particularly good news to those believers who have images of appearing before the God's judgment seat. The truth is that we who have trusted in Christ will not face the Lord in judgment but in friendship because our sins have been judged and forgiven on the cross.
Thank you Lord for the day when I heard your voice. Thank you for the cross.