[This passage is taken from John’s account of how Jesus went to the city of Bethany and raised a man from the dead – a man who had been dead for four days. The man’s name was Lazarus and he had two sisters: Mary and Martha. Jesus had known all three of them for some time before Jesus got news of Lazarus’ death.]
So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off; and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother. Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house. Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”
– John 11:17-27 NASB (emphasis added)
We’ll be spending the next few days on this story. Today, please focus your attention on the portion I emphasized above.
Notice what a remarkable thing it is for a human being to say, “I am the resurrection and the life.” A statement like that cannot be sloughed off. It demands a response. Either the person saying it is joking (and badly at that) or has lost his mind or…? It is, of course, the last category into which Jesus must be slotted.
Just as Jesus asks Martha if she believes Him, so He asks us if we believe Him. There was no reason for Martha not to believe Him. There is no reason for us not to believe Him either.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, You are the resurrection and the life. Because of You, we live even if we die! Thank You for your generosity to us. Show me how I can live this day in thanksgiving to You for Your promise…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.