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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

Jesus raising Lazarus confirms a few things for us. Firstly, when we die we do not just cease to exist. Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead which means Lazarus must have been somewhere to be brought back from. Secondly, Jesus has power over death and what happens after death. If he did not, how could he bring Lazarus back? Thirdly, Jesus knows what happens when we die and where we are going. How could he bring Lazarus back if he didn’t know where to find him?

Are these not pretty awesome things to have confirmed on Easter Sunday when we celebrate Jesus own resurrection?

Prayer: Father today of all days you are awesome! I don’t know what will happen, but I do know I can face it safely because of you. You really are an awesome God.

Action: At least a dozen times today, tell the people round you that God is an awesome God.

This Thought was written by Norman Smith