“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” —John 11:25
Christ’s resurrection means that death is no longer to be feared. Because He overcame death, our separations and losses are only temporary. In the last day, those who are in Christ will be raised from the dead.
Jesus told Martha that He is the resurrection and the life, but don’t you think He says the same thing to us? Do you believe that whoever “lives and believes in me shall never die”?
Rodney Stark, a sociologist at the University of Washington, observed that when a major plague hit the ancient Roman Empire, Christians had unusually high survival rates. In the homes of most Roman citizens, the sick person would be thrown out into the street so as not to contaminate others. But because Christians had no fear of death, they cared for the sick in their homes, many of whom survived.
If Jesus is the resurrection and the life—and He is—what do we have to fear?
Make it Personal
Think about how the resurrection of Jesus transformed His followers. How has His resurrection transformed you?