Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
This is one of my favorite verses of God’s Word. It is one promise that I hold on to and bring back to my mind whenever I am in a place of defeat and discouragement. There are certain things that I have come to know, that I know, that I know in my walk with Jesus. As God’s child I have learned that when I pray, God listens and answers my prayers. I have learned that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His Word is the truth and through it I have been set free. I have learned that God loves me with an everlasting love and nothing can change that. Ultimately, I have learned that in Jesus is life.
When Jesus walked this earth, He took on flesh and dwelt among us. He encountered the world as any man would. He felt pain. He felt grief. He felt disappointment. He felt every emotion that man has. He was tempted in every way. But He was obedient to His calling. He was obedient to the cross. Though fully God He lived and walked and suffered and died so that we would live.
Earlier in this passage, Martha says something very interesting to Jesus regarding her brother Lazarus. She says, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” (John 11:21-22) I believe that Martha at this time did not equate Jesus with being One with the Father. Her faith was not questioned, yet her statement was one of belief that God would answer Jesus’ petition. My question is where is our faith? I can’t answer that for those of you reading this. But I can tell you that I have at times not had the faith that I have wanted. And I have believed the enemy when he called me a hypocrite.
Jesus Christ is who He says He is. The Word made Flesh who bore our sins and paid for them in full at the Cross of Calvary. And when He rose from the dead, sin and death cannot ever hold us down. “I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 NKJV)
This devotion is short. I believe there is not much more that needs to be said. What’s left is for us to believe.
Dear Jesus, thank You for being all that we need. For being the only answer. For never changing and for dying for us. Forgive us Lord when the obvious turns into the not so obvious. Help us Holy Spirit to understand that it is not us who live but Christ in us. May You be forever glorified. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!