21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die”
John 11:21-25 New International Version (NIV)
Daily Devotional Series
HOPE: Day 4
Christian churches throughout the world observe the 40 days prior to Easter as the season of Lent. From all that I have read, the 40 days represent the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness in fasting and in prayer. In like fashion, this time is usually spent in contemplation and in preparation for Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday. But what if that was all there was? What if it ended that Friday with no Sunday in sight?
During his time on earth, Jesus had many followers and he spent most of his time with his 12 disciples, but he was especially close with two sisters (Mary and Martha) and their brother Lazarus. In John chapter 11, we read that he was traveling and received word that Lazarus was ill. His sisters wanted Jesus to come and to heal him. But he chose to continue on his journey and during that time, Lazarus died. When He finally arrived, they could not understand why He had not come sooner in order to heal their brother. But Jesus had other plans. He went to the tomb where Lazarus had been for 4 days and said “Lazarus, come out!” The tomb opened and his friend came out with the grave clothes still wrapped around his arms and feet.
If He had come when He received word that his friend was ill, Jesus might have healed him just as he had many others. But by raising Lazarus from the dead, He showed his power over death and the grave. His words in verse 11 give us hope “I am the resurrection and the life… he who believes in me will live even though he dies.”
Our hope in the resurrection is crucial to our faith. It did not end on Good Friday… Sunday came just as he promised. He is Risen… He is Risen indeed.
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.