“I am the Resurrection and the Life!”

Scripture reading for April 21st:  John 11

Humans are perplexed by death!  Death is an enemy that brings fear, sorrow, and something that is usually irreversible by man’s power or ability.  Jesus’ friends, Mary and Martha had lost their brother Lazarus.  They had send word to Jesus to come when he was near death, but Jesus delayed on purpose.  Lazarus had been in the grave for four days when Jesus finally arrived on the scene.

“”Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”  Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?””  (John 11:21-26)

Martha knew Jesus had power over sickness, having witnessed miracles He had done.  She knew that God heard Jesus’ prayers.  She also knew the teaching of the Scriptures that there would be a resurrection in the last day. (Daniel 12:3)  But she had trouble thinking about Lazarus living again now.  Jesus’ words brought her encouragement and she answered His question about believing, “Yes Lord,” she told Him, “I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”  (John 11:27)

This confession of faith is the key to salvation and resurrection for each person!  Jesus demonstrated that He was the Christ by raising Lazarus from the dead after four days by calling his name! “Lazarus, come out!” (John 8:43)  Have you made this confession for yourself?

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