Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live.”  John 11:25 

 

            What a promise!  Those who believe in Jesus will live an eternal life with God, even though they die a physical death.  Jesus speaks these words to Martha following the death of her brother Lazarus.  He then asks Martha – and all of us: “Do you believe this?”  Martha does respond in faith, before she has even seen Jesus’ power over death that he is about to demonstrate in the raising of Lazarus and in his own resurrection: “Yes, Lord; I believe you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”  Jesus must know his own death is inevitable and close at hand when he tells his followers to roll back the grave stone and calls to Lazarus to come out, four days after Lazarus' death.  This last great miracle before his own death shows Jesus’ divinity and power over death.  And yet, before he performs this miracle, Jesus shows his humanity as he is moved by the grief of his friends and weeps with them.  Jesus took on our humanity, including sorrow, pain and even death, in order to defeat death and give us life – he IS the resurrection and the life.  And all we need do in return is believe him.  What a promise!  “Do you believe this?” 

 

Lord, thank you for taking on our human form and understanding our sorrows, our pain and our grief.  Thank you for bearing that pain to the point of death so that we may have the promise of everlasting life.  Help us to respond to you in faith as Martha did: “Yes, Lord; I believe you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

Leslie Wubbenhorst

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