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“I am the resurrection and the life”

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

John 11: 17-27

Reflection

What strikes me most about this passage is the unquestionable and unmovable faith Martha has in the power of the Lord Jesus.

To believe in an earthly resurrection is to believe in the impossible. To believe in a heavenly resurrection is to believe in something completely different, but no less difficult without a full hearted faith in God and in the power of His Son.

I have often wondered which period of history I would most like to go back to and experience first hand. I took History as a GCSE but I have only recently experienced the thirst for chronological and causal understanding of the world and especially for the history of Britain and wider Europe. In my exploration I’ve watched insightful documentaries and read fascinating books on everything from the rise and fall of the Roman Empire to Viking invasions and the significance of the Tudors and the Victorians, each with their own intriguing nature and relevance to our lives today.

Which era would you find most exciting?

As incredible as any period would be, I would still choose to live in the times of Our Lord.

For me, witnessing His sermons, seeing His miracles and experiencing His love for mankind before my very eyes would be more impressive and more inspiring than any great battle, royal coronation or civil movement in human history. As interesting as it would also be to keep a side eye on the growth and dominance of Rome’s glory at that time, nothing could compare to the birth of Christianity.

To hear His famous parable lessons. To smell the plentiful bread and fish shared among five thousand people. To taste His ‘once-water-wine’, named “the best wine kept until last”. To see the resurrection of Lazarus, a soul once departed of this world. To feel the holes in His hands following His own resurrection. These experiences would be unrivalled since the existence of mankind.

For me, the most important lesson from this passage is the unrivalled, total and absolute faith Martha has in the Lord and full expectation she has in His power to bring her brother back from the dead. Let us each find this same strength and reason to live with the same dedication to Our Lord and all that He has done and gives for us today and every day.

This Thought was written by Max Inchcoombe