Lazarus died. His sisters wept. Four days later Jesus arrived. “Your brother will rise again” (John 11:23). Martha knew the hope of eternal life taught in Scripture. “Martha said to Him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day’” (John 11:24).
Jesus pointed Martha to the incarnation and personification of life. “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies’” (John 11:25). A person who enters the state of death, separation of the body and spirit, will return from death. The implication is clear. A time will come when dead bodies and departed souls will be reunited. Does this sound far fetched?
To prove His point, Jesus turned to the tomb of Lazarus and “cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth.’ The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go’” (John 11:43-44). Pretty impressive lesson.
Jesus adds, “Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 5:26). Literally, He says, “Everyone who lives and believes in Me will not die forever.” Death gives way to life. The big question is simple. “Do you believe this?”
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