Daily D – John 11:14-15
John 11:14, 15 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” (NIV)
Natural death and criminal murder each lead to questions. How many questions do you see in John 11? How does Jesus provide the final answer? (Hint: See verses 25 and 26.)
In Luke 10:38-42, we found Martha busy in the kitchen and Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet with the men listening to Jesus teach. Somewhere along the way, Martha sat at his feet as well. Take a look at what she says about the resurrection and about who Jesus is in verses 24 and 27. Her theology was several steps ahead of just about everyone, apostles included.
Mary and Martha each held to a fundamental truth, the same truth some in the crowd wondered about (See verse 37.). If Jesus had been there while Lazarus was sick and dying, Jesus could have healed him. Now they would have to wait until the Kingdom finally came “at the last day,” (verse 24).
Let us pause to reflect on this fact: Jesus never preached a funeral. He only resuscitated the dead.
Jesus has one command for those who die knowing him for who he is. Here he says it this way: “Lazarus, come out!” (verse 43). To the widow’s only son, he says, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” (See Luke 7:14.) To a twelve-year-old girl, he says, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”),” (Mark 5:41).
A popular worship song says, “Get up, get up, get up out of that grave,” (Maverick City, Get Up Out of That Grave). (Just in case your morning needs a boost, here’s a YouTube video of the song: [https://muslyrics.com/lyrics/get-up-out-of-that-grave-maverick-city-upperroom/])
Should you die knowing Jesus as your Savior, you will experience the truth of Jesus’ words in John 11:26: “whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” Death is not the end of the story. Two sisters and a brother shared many experiences and memories. Now each one of them would forevermore fear not death. They knew the rest of the story.
I will trust Jesus who is the Resurrection and the Life.
Our Father, thank you for resurrection, Jesus’ and ours. Thank you that the one thing we fear most has been conquered forever. Thank you that trusting Jesus leads to full and meaningful life now and the peace of your presence forever after. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.