Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” -John 11:21-26 NLT
Christmas is a time of hope. Hope because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Jesus brings hope where there is despair, power into difficult situations, and peace that surpasses all understanding. Jesus tells Jesus said “I AM the Resurrection and the Life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.” What a blessed hope that we have eternal life and will live forever with Jesus! Hallelujah!
Jesus is our Hope this today. Hope for life, hope for eternal life, and hope for abundant life. Lazarus died and was in the tomb for at least 3 days. Martha met Him and was clearly upset with Jesus. She trusted Him, but wondered why it took so long for Him to return when He knew His friend was ill. She had a good relationship with Jesus and therefore was able to share what was on her heart. Despite the pain that Martha was feeling, she said to Jesus, “I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Martha had faith that Jesus could do what He said He could do. She believed Jesus was the Christ.
Our physical bodies will die, no one can escape that until Christ returns. However, those who believe in Jesus can expect our spiritual souls to never die. Our souls will continue to live on for eternity. Jesus proves His claim to Martha of being the Resurrection and the Life as He raised Lazarus from the dead. He sees her faith and responds out of love for His friend. Mary did not understand either why Jesus did not come sooner, she even declared that Lazarus’ body will be smelling awful and it would not be right to open the tomb. However, Jesus asked several of the people there to open the tomb. He lifted His eyes toward Heaven and prayed a simple prayer and then asked Lazarus to come forth. Lazarus walks out of the tomb to the shock and joy of everyone witnessing what just happened. Of course, we know that later on Lazarus died again, but his spiritual body still lives on.
Jesus brought life into a seemingly hopeless situation. How many times have we prayed for something to happen and it just seems like we are hitting a wall? Jesus changed the life of Lazarus. Jesus was empowered by God the Father and the Holy Spirit; the power raised (power of faith) raised Lazarus from the dead. Jesus gives us eternal life, because of His own resurrection. The power of the resurrection is ours; we can seek God to change seemingly impossible situations.
What situations can Jesus’ resurrection power change? Are there areas within our hearts that we need to be recharged? Do we truly believe Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life?
Jesus, thank you so much for your resurrection and life. Thank you for eternal life for those who believe. This Christmas, may I be filled with hope and joy knowing that I am yours and you are mine. May the hope of your resurrection power fill me with exuberant joy. As I share gifts with the ones I love, may I also share your life-giving life. I ask for you to be seen in me so others will want to receive your greatest gift- yourself. I worship you Jesus, the great I AM. You have been, you are, and you will always be the Resurrection and the Life. Amen.
For further study:
Isaiah 25:8; John 10:10; 1 Corinthians 15:12-58