31. Resurrection and the Life - John 11:25
31. Resurrection and the Life – “Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” John 11:25
Jesus was talking to Martha on the occasion of her brother's death. In fact, Lazarus had been buried for 3 days. Martha had the faith that Jesus could have healed her brother if only he had gotten there sooner. Jesus reminds her that he holds the keys to life.Her reply is an undeniable statement of faith: “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
As wonderful as the resurrection of Lazarus was I believe that it was a confirmation of what had been said between Jesus, Martha, and Mary. The action of raising Lazarus was an illustration that Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
Jesus would again illustrate this with his own death and resurrection. Yes, Jesus alone holds the keys to life. And that key will open up eternal life to anyone who believes in Him.
I cannot think of a better way to wrap-up these 31 Names of Jesus. Oh, there are at least a dozen or more names that I have not used in this study. I choose the ones that would help define this baby who was born in Bethlehem and whom I eagerly await his return.
I would like you to open the lock to resurrection and life today. The key is Jesus. Believe in your heart that he is "Messiah, the Son of God." Pray for forgiveness and invite Jesus into your life. Find a minister who will baptize you and who can guide you. Join a church that will help hold you accountable and encourage you in your continued relationship with Jesus. Stand firm in your faith and follow him in obedience to His word.
I praise God for Jesus, the resurrection and the life. May God bless you today and in the coming year as you seek to follow Him.
PRAYER THOUGHT: O Holy God Above; I praise you for righteousness and your love. I thank you for giving me the key to resurrection and life. I praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ. I ask today that you help me live for you. I pray as we enter this new year that you will guide me and help me be the man you have called me to be. In Jesus' precious name I pray, AMEN!