“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?” (John 11:25-26)
In this chapter we read that Jesus raised His friend Lazarus from the dead. It is a stirring story that takes place in the middle of family grief. In this dramatic setting, Jesus addresses the subject of death, a subject that should interest all of us. Jesus declares that He has the power to overcome death and give resurrection. In this declaration, Jesus describes two kinds of death. One death is not permanent, and the other death can be completely avoided.
It is obvious from the context that Jesus’ friend Lazarus died and was buried. It was physical death. His body stopped it functions and he died. Still Jesus declares that physical death is not permanent. If we believe in Him, we will live, even after our physical death. Wow, is that ever good news!
But Jesus also says there is a kind of death that we can avoid completely. “He who believes in me will never die.” Here Jesus describes life that never experiences death; spiritual/eternal life. My body might die for a time (until Jesus gives me a resurrected body) but my spirit will live forever because of Him. I do not need to fear either death. Wow, that is even better news!
Question: How do you answer Jesus’ question: “Do you believe this?”
Challenge: In this uncertain world, physical death seems final, but it is not.
Prayer: Jesus, I trust You and believe that You are the Son of God, my Savior.
Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks