Sunday, August 5, 2018
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; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Jesus received word that his friend Lazarus in Bethany, was very sick. When Jesus got to Bethany, Lazarus had died and had been in a tomb four days. Martha, one of Lazarus’ sisters, came out to meet Jesus, where they had this conversation.
Martha and Mary were mourning the loss of their brother. Like anyone who has suffered a loss, it is a comfort to believe a loved one will rise again. Jesus declares that by faith in him, one will live though one dies. Our life beyond death by faith in him is eternal – we will never die again. Jesus asks, “Do you believe this?”
Yes – Jesus, you are the Messiah, the one promised by God to come for our redemption. Yes, Jesus, you are God’s only Son, truly God and human as well. You lived a sinless life and you died for me. I believe by faith the physical death I will die some day is but a portal, a doorway into eternal life, promised by faith in my savior, Jesus Christ. That is what Martha told Jesus that day. It is our legacy and our hope by faith in Jesus Christ.
Gracious God, thank you for your gift of eternal life to all who believe in Jesus Christ our savior. Thank you for these words of faith that give us great comfort and hope when a loved one has passed from our sight. We lift up those we love, those who are sick or who are nearing the end of their lifetime. Be present with them, both now and forever, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.