Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?’
John 11:25-26 (NIV)
Read: John 11-12
Consider: Jesus demonstrated his power over death when he raised Lazarus from the dead. Having previously healed sick people, he didn’t rush to heal Lazarus when he knew he was ill. It wasn’t that he didn’t care about Lazarus, or his sisters (Mary and Martha); he delayed because he had a bigger point to demonstrate to those who would witness Lazarus being raised. It is obvious from reading the account in John 11 that Jesus had another agenda than simply healing Lazarus. This was to demonstrate that he had power over death.
Death is a great leveller, that today’s society has sanitised to the point where people almost seem afraid to talk about it. Society has also invented many words to describe death without mentioning the ‘D’ word. What a pity that people ignore the inevitable! As we must all face physical death it is better to consider eternity before it is too late.
Jesus’ statement ‘… whoever lives by believing in me will never die’, speaks again of the new life to be found only in him.
A morbid fear of death is not reserved just for non-believers. Many Christians go through life with a fear that they just haven’t been good enough to deserve God’s forgiveness. However, that is the point of grace – it is totally undeserved!
Pray: Father, help us to get our forgiveness into perspective. Your grace has been lavished on us, not because of what we have done or deserved, but only through your Son. Amen