Date: Wednesday, December 11
Scripture: John 11:17-27
Verse: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
Hopeless. Maybe you have been to the point of hopeless. A relationship was broken beyond repair – hopeless. The job search hasn’t even gotten you an interview yet – hopeless. A family member receives a terminal diagnosis – hopeless. A child wanders from the path you’ve taught her. But then, sometimes, something happens. The relationship is repaired and you relate in a new way. A job is offered, not in the field you thought, but there is newness. Forgiveness and understanding come even as the illness progresses. The child finds healing and a new relationship with God. Even when things seem beyond repair, we know the hope of resurrection. Other times we don’t get to see it – things don’t seem to get better – but we know there is a day to come when all will be restored.
Jesus taught that beyond hopelessness there is resurrection. Death no longer has the final word. More than preaching about resurrection, Jesus says he is the resurrection and the life. Through him we have hope even when things are hopeless. There is newness yet to come. Often we associate that with life after death, but Jesus clarifies that thinking with Martha in today’s passage. He tells her resurrection is not just an event in the future, but something we can live into now, as we give our lives over to him. Then he proves it to her by resuscitating her brother, Lazarus.
When we talk about the resurrection of Jesus, we are talking about a one-time event… so far. But the day is coming when we will resurrected to live in the fullness of God’s kingdom. In the meantime, we have hope because nothing is beyond the reach of God. There is no hopeless situation. In Jesus we know no death has the final word. There is always resurrection.
Prayer: Thank you Lord Jesus, for being the resurrection for me. Amen.
Action: Are you in the midst of an apparently hopeless situation where you need to allow for the possibility of resurrection?
Respond: When have you seen a sign of resurrection – a hopeless situation restored? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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