Jefferson Vann shares a devotional thought about the coming hour, the resurrection.
Joh 5:28 Do not be surprised about this, because an hour is coming when all the ones in the tombs will hear his voice
Joh 5:29 and go out– those who have done good things, to the resurrection of life, but those who have done worthless things, to the resurrection of condemnation.
Joh 5:30 “I can do nothing on my own. I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is fair, because I do not seek what I want, but what the one who sent me wants .
the coming hour
The healing of the crippled man at the porticoes (5:1-9) is the backdrop for this discourse, in which Jesus talks about two hours, a present one, and a future one. Both of these hours have been symbolically represented by the incident, in which Jesus spoke the word, and this crippled man was restored.
The future hour which is coming is the hour of the physical resurrection. Christ’s forgiveness he offers now (in the present hour) does not change our mortality. As time progresses, each of us has a date with death and dust. But there will be a coming hour when we will hear the voice of Christ a second time, and come back alive. That hour will take place when our Savior returns.