John 11:23-44 — The one who calls forth the dead

Yes, we will eventually finish this chapter.  But not today.  It’s a passage that is so totally rich in truth.

When Jesus told Martha that her brother would rise again, she said,

I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.  (24)

But Jesus answered,

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. (25-26)

In other words, “The resurrection is not simply a time in the future when the dead will be raised.  I am the resurrection.  I am the one that raises the dead and gives them life.  And if you believe in me, you will never truly die.”

Jesus proved that moments later by raising Lazarus from the dead.  And just as he called Lazarus out from the grave, so will he call all who have put their faith in him.

The apostle Paul tells us,

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  (I Thessalonians 4:16)

And again,

Listen, I tell you a mystery:  We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed– in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  (I Corinthians 15:51-53)

Lazarus was only raised temporarily.  He would die again.  But when Jesus raises us, we will be raised in an immortal and incorruptible body.

How about you?  Do you know what will happen after you die?  Do you know that you have eternal life?  Jesus is the resurrection and the life.  If you believe in him, you will never truly know death.  Only a new beginning.

Jesus asks you the same question he asks Martha.  “Do you believe this?”

May you answer as she did,

I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God. (27)

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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