John 11:25-26 “Lazarus”
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’”
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. But, before He did this, He asked Martha, Lazarus’ sister, this question. The sisters, Mary and Martha had sent word to Jesus about Lazarus being sick, but Jesus waited two days to go see them. Can you imagine having Jesus show up two days late...your brother has been dead for a few days, sealed in a tomb and someone asks you a question like this? Talk about being put on the spot. Martha did get to see Jesus close up, but think of what that would have been like, when the majority of experts were saying, “The guy is nuts!!” Then, He comes and asks you this question while you’re a couple days into mourning your own brother’s death. She might have been thinking, “Oh yeah, and why weren’t you here a few days ago to save my brother from dying?!” Others were saying that! But she didn’t.
As you read this chapter of the Bible, this was Jesus’ miracle that sealed His fate with the Pharisees and rulers of His time. By being a few days late, Jesus certainly knew Lazarus was going to be dead, but it is exactly what Jesus wanted, to use this moment as an exclamation point for His purpose on earth. But, Jesus knew His fate and knew it was time for Him to do what God the Father sent Him to do. His raising of Lazarus was the metaphor of what each and every Christian believer has in store for their eternal future!
You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be special. You just have to believe in Jesus as your savior! With that faith, the negative connotation of death goes away and the awesome adventure of eternal life is all you need to think about. Martha believed this…How about you? Great, then I have good news for you; you will NEVER die, at least not the part of you that matters. Your soul will be with God forever! Amen!!
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”