Saturday, December 10, 2011

Verse for Today - John 11:25 (click to read)

John 11:25

"Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;"

Read all of John 11

This verse is found amid the account of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead.  This comment is actually directed to Martha, Lazarus's sister.  She had just said that if Jesus had come sooner Lazarus would not have died.  

Jesus replies by telling her that her brother will rise again.  Martha affirms that she believes that Lazarus will rise on the last day.  To this Jesus replies with the statement above.  

It's remarkable.  Really.  Jesus indicates with these words that redefines the terms of life and death.  He and all those who believe in Him have Life and will never lose it.  Yes, barring the Lord's return, your body will cease, but if you are in Christ, your soul will continue to with Him. 

Jesus then concludes:  "And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  

This question reveals the presence or absence of faith in Martha and in us.  "Do YOU believe this?"    To this question Martha gives the right answer (and I hope you do too).

27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

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