John 11:25 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live.”
Through his “I am” statements in the gospel of John, Jesus has been pointing to himself as central to the lives of his hearers. He has been, to this point, using analogies to make his point. However, with this example from John 11:25, Jesus cuts right to the point through the most difficult of situations that we face, death.
One thing I appreciate about being a pastor is the opportunity I have to preside over the most serious items in a person’s life. Life and death are some examples. We all face death and we should all take it seriously. And so here in John 11 we have the greatest promise ever made in all of human history. This promise to live again based on the work and person of Jesus. And that promise is that despite the pain and loss we feel now because of the toils of sin, despite the broken world we find ourselves in, if we place our faith in Jesus and follow him we will live forever!
And so what does it mean to believe? It means that we turn from the brokenness, pain, and sin that this world offers. That we turn from the answers this world offers for these and we run to Jesus. We run to the one that has overcome all that we hate to feel now and believe that in the world to come we will be delivered. And like Lazarus we will live again!
Perhaps you say you’re not very “religious.” I have good news. Our answers are not found in just the practice of a religion. Our answers are not found in our good deeds, in our hobbies, in our families. The answer for our pain is not found in isolation, at the bottom of a bottle, or at the end of a needle. Our answers are found only in Jesus. Our answers are found in the true reality he offers us of a better reality to come, where he is King of Kings and Lord of Lords and we enjoy him forever. Today, as in Lazarus’ day, Jesus asks us “Do you believe?” Do you believe Jesus way is the better way? Do you believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life?
We at Treasure Lake Church pray you have found this brief meditation encouraging. We invite all Treasure Lake residents, and those in the surrounding community, to gather with us as we worship Jesus, the resurrection and life. We are located at 1427 Bay Rd. and gather weekly for worship services on Saturday at 6:00pm (children’s ministry provided), and on Sunday at 8:30am (no children’s ministry) and 11:00am (children’s ministry provided) as well as Sunday School at 10:00am for all ages.