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 11:25-27 (NIV)
Daily Devotional Series
Grace & Truth Day 11
Reading: John 11
If you have ever read the book or seen the movie, “The Princess Bride,” you remember the main character being killed only to be given new life by Miracle Max who declares, “It just so happens that your friend here is only mostly dead and there is a big difference between mostly dead and all dead.”
For Mary and Martha, Lazarus was all dead. Dead was dead. He had been gone for four days meaning he was starting to rot and stink. There are so many situations and people you may believe to be beyond saving. We’ve worked hard to save like Mary and Martha did everything in their power to save Lazarus. But too much time has passed. Attitudes and spirits have been hardened. We believe in Jesus’ and his power but something small nags inside of us casting doubt that he can truly do anything. Mary and Martha were in that moment.
But even the dead respond to the powerful voice of Jesus. So we keep calling out to Jesus to save. When they come out of the tomb, our job is take the grave clothes off. The grave clothes, would be many strips of linen soaked in spices and perfumes that are now crusty and hard. When people are raised by Jesus, they often carry with them some baggage of the former life. Some of it is crusty. Our job is not to save them but to disciple them, teach them, feed them, and lead them in the path of Jesus.