John 11:25-26 (ESV)
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Resurrection. It’s a difficult concept to get your head around.
It defies all logic and understanding. It seems too good to be true.
To “die” yet then to “live”.
To “never die”. If we “believe in [Him]”.
It’s much easier to accept that oblivion awaits us when we “die”. Not life.
Yet Jesus is telling Martha that He is the resurrection. He is the source of life.
And when you consider all that He did: healing the sick, the lame, and the blind; raising the dead to life. You have to wonder. Could He truly have this power over death?
Could He be the one who was foretold in the “Scriptures” (John 5:39ff).
His own resurrection cemented the deal. Displaying “once for all” that “death no longer has dominion over him” (Romans 6:9f).
This “believing” involves a leap of faith. A trust in the unknown. A “full acceptance” that Jesus Christ is Lord and “Saviour” (1 Timothy 4:9ff).
But He, just like these words, is “trustworthy” (2 Timothy 2:11).
The actions of God in the past show that He has always kept His word.
That His grace back then points to the fulfilment of His promise of future grace.
The “grace of life” (1 Peter 3:7).
prayer : thank you Jesus for your death in my place
action : “present [my body] as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1)