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The Resurrection and The Life

John 11:25

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;”

82015 RayAs a pastor – I am often called upon to celebrate the life of a loved one who has recently passed. I do so through my congregation and I also help families without a congregation or a pastor. The end of life can be a scary time.  Even for people of faith – the end of life can be scary.

Today I will celebrate the life well lived of a woman who fell two days short of her 102nd birthday. She is an amazing lady and lived a life that touched many. I pray that I honor her well as we celebrate her life together.

We have a lady in our congregation who will turn 100 soon and several others in their late 80’s and 90’s. God has blessed them with good lives – lives in many cases – well lived. They honor us with their presence most every Sunday or when we visit with them. I don’t feel so old when I am around them – at 60 – I am 30-40 years their junior.

Often – the question is not how long we live – but rather how well we live. When I say how well we live – I am not speaking about material things – I’m speaking of our walk with Jesus. How well we live with Jesus is of the utmost importance.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context – it comes from the story of Lazarus. John 11:17–27 – 17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. 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 said to Martha – “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.” If we believe in Jesus – if we live for Jesus – if we love Jesus – even when we die we will live.  What a promise – even the grave will not hold us – if we live in Jesus – we will live with Him in eternity.

Jesus tells us to let our light shine for God – let others see God in us. Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

P.S. – I have purposely posted this at 8 am instead of the normal 9 am time because today is 9-11 and there is a movement to remain silent on Facebook from 8:46 am (when the first plane hit the tower) until 10:28 am (when the last building fell). Please keep all in your prayers.

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September 11, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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