Read: John 11:1-44

Focus: John 11: 25 – 26

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in Me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in Me and believes in Me will never, ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

Jesus sums up the entire crux of Christianity in these verses 25 and 26, and He ends it with the most important and pointed question imaginable.

Martha is obviously upset at the cruelty of her beloved brother, Lazarus, dying. In fact, to me at least, she seems a little reproachful towards Jesus and disappointed that He didn’t come sooner to heal Lazarus. If we back it up, we remember that Martha, Mary, and Lazarus were close friends with Jesus. They had witnessed His miracles and knew that He was empowered by God to heal. When first encountering Jesus after the death of their brother in John 11, both Martha and later Mary greeted Jesus with similar statements: “Lord, if only You had been here, my brother would not have died.” However, Martha includes an extra statement at the end of her greeting to Jesus that seems to acknowledge that even though Lazarus is dead, Martha thinks Jesus just might be able to still do something about it: “But even now I know that God will give You whatever You ask.” In verse 23, Jesus tells Martha that Lazarus will rise again. Martha essentially replies that yes, he’ll rise again on judgment day with everyone else. However, Jesus wasn’t willing to let the conversation end there. He wanted Martha to understand that it wasn’t just about some impersonal event at an unknown time in the future. Jesus wanted Martha to know He had been given dominion over even death by the Father, and He wanted her to experience that personally. Death is anathema to Jesus; He is offended by it. Death is a state that is only possible because of sin, which is our rebellion against God. This is why in verse 33, we are told that “a deep anger welled up within Jesus” and why in verse 35 “Jesus wept”.

So now let’s go back and read the focus verses again:

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in Me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in Me and believes in Me will never, ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

Jesus wants this to be personal for Martha; He wants her to know that it’s not just some legalistic religious concept, but He truly is the Son of God and He was sent here to conquer death and sin so mankind can be reconciled with God.

Jesus wants the same thing for each of us. He wants our faith in Him to be personal and the foundation for everything else in our lives. He is telling you and me that if we will live in Him and believe in Him, we will never die. Just like He asked Martha, He is asking you right now… Do you believe this?

Prayer:
Lord, thank You for providing me with Your word that speaks to my heart. Thank You that You know my heart, You know the areas where I struggle and have doubts and weaknesses. Thank You that You never abandon me. I see aspects of Martha in my own belief; when something goes wrong in my life, doubts surface, and I want to question how You could let something like this happen. I believe You when You tell me that You are the resurrection and the life. I believe Your promise that by living in and believing in You, I will never die. I believe that You and You alone are my Savior, that Your death on the cross fully paid my sin debt, and that one day, I will spend eternity with You. Please help me to live my life everyday with that belief alive in me and guiding my thoughts, words, and deeds; please help me to live my life serving You and helping others to find and follow You. In Jesus’ name… Amen

 

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