I am the resurrection and the life

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).

Kim+

prayer : thank you Jesus for your death in my place

action : “present [my body] as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1)

there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust

Acts 24:14-15 (ESV)

14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15 having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.

Paul is speaking here as he stands before Governor Felix at Caesarea.

He’s effectively on trial for preaching the truth.

For sharing his “hope in God” of a bodily resurrection.

Denying this fact will not make it untrue.

Disbelieving in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, does not make them any less real.

At the end of our days here on earth, we will stand before God and have to make a reckoning of our lives.

The just and the unjust alike will be resurrected. But only those “made righteous” through Christ will receive “eternal life” (Romans 5:19ff).

For many this is a hard pill to swallow.

They seek to reason why, if He truly is a loving God, He should act differently.

However, His actions are just and fair.

And it’s not for us to question why. But instead to be thankful that He provided a solution to our unjustness, namely Jesus.

Kim+

prayer : thank you that you are a just God, “slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Psalms 103:8)

action : profess the “hope” I have “in God”