MONDAY, APRIL 5
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life.
Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.”
John 11:25 (NLT2)
JESUS IS THE RESURRECTION
When the chemist has produced in his laboratory a certain desired and attested scientific result, when he has mastered the secret of some new process in nature and exhibited the product in a single sample, the problem is solved, the result is guaranteed. He may now set up his factory and invest his capital, and invite the co-operation of wealth and labor, and build up a vast collective industry with full assurance of faith upon the evidence gathered from his crucible, upon the security afforded by the laws of nature that what they have once allowed and yielded, they will always yield to the action of the same cause; and there lies in his hand the power to do a million times what he has actually effected once. The raising of Lazarus was a prompt and a majestic verification on the part of the Lord Jesus Christ of His claim to be the destined Raiser of the dead, a pledge and earnest of all that was to follow.2 [Note: G. G. Findlay, The Things Above, 149.]
When Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead, He was affirming His deity. The ultimate display of Jesus’ deity was His resurrection. Jesus not only had the power to resurrect Lazarus, but He was also the power.
Yesterday, our church celebrated the empty tomb and resurrection of Jesus. You will not have victory over death by going to church. You will not have victory over death by thinking religious thoughts. You will not have victory over death by doing good works. The resurrection and new life is only in Jesus Christ.
Thank God for the hope we can have because Jesus is the resurrection.