Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Resurrection Hope

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Stability. We love it, especially in our lives. We like for things to stay the same, to stay manageable. I don’t know anyone who likes disruptive change. — like getting laid off, or finding out they have an incurable disease, or being moved into a nursing home, or worse, moved to hospice. 

Last week I went to the funeral of a dear friend who died instantly in an automobile accident. That was a disruptive change, a nightmare, in fact. It reminded me of another nightmare that came true for Mary and Martha. Jesus had arrived too late to heal their brother, Lazarus. It was Martha who expressed her angst, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died!”  [John 11.21]

Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” Had those words been spoken by mere mortal, they would mean nothing. But they came from the Lord, Master of sin, sickness, and death. Then He demonstrated His power at Lazarus’ tomb by calling the dead man to come out and live. That was a singular example of what will happen on a much larger scale at the end of time. 

What a display of power! That should calm our every fear. That kind of power secures our salvation with a guarantee of the forgiveness of sins. And, joy of joys, it secures our future resurrection too.
Jesus said to her, Your brother will rise again.” John 11.23

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