“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” —John 11:25–26
The good news of the gospel is that through His death on the cross, our Savior put death to death and ensured that all who trust in Him would live forever. This is the promise He had made to His dear friend Martha, who was grieving the death of her brother, Lazarus.
That had to be comforting to Martha. But Jesus followed up that statement with a searching question: “Do you believe this?”
I think that’s a question we all need to wrestle with. Do we believe this? Can we trust God even in those most painful moments, when we’re facing death—whether our own or that of someone we love?
Facing death is hard. The pain is unavoidable, but so is the peace of knowing that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. And He is holding both you and the one who’s gone ahead of you in His loving arms.
Make it Personal
How has knowing that Jesus is the resurrection and the life helped you through the pain of losing someone you care about?