April 22 | John 11:25-26
“Jesus said to her, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. The person believing in Me although he dies, he lives. Even all who live and believe in Me in this age will never die. Do you believe this?”” (John 11:25–26)
Death is the ultimate sting. It hurts more than anything in this world. Even as Christians, we still mourn the passing of loved ones. But our hope tells us we’ll meet them again. Hope mixed with sorrow is still a terrible judgment on the effects of sin.
You can hear the anguish in Martha’s voice, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Don’t miss the faith in her voice. She believed in what she had seen many times, Jesus healing the sick. But Jesus was about to transform her faith.
We can believe for the things we have seen. But Jesus wants to stretch your faith. He calls you to believe above and beyond what you’ve seen before. When Jesus talks about rising again, Martha relegates it to the future, a spirit resurrection.
But Jesus challenges you to think bigger. All our hopes are in Jesus and his resurrection. His is true life, stealing us away from the clutches of death. Believe that if you die before he returns, your spirit and body will receive life everlasting.
Action Step: Trust Jesus for the insanely impossible today. He can do much more than you can ever imagine. Stretch your faith to see the impossible. Praise him for his magnificent power.
Heavenly Father, you raised Jesus from the dead on the third day. Jesus raised Lazarus to show his power. Show your power and presence in my life today. I am facing impossible odds. But you are with me, and that makes all the difference. Thank you for eternal life!