Put together for Demise (Half three of seven)
Martha said to Jesus: 'Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you everything you ask of God. "Jesus said to her:" Your brother will be resurrected. Martha said to him, "I know that in the resurrection he will rise again on the last day. "Jesus said to her:"I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, even though he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you think the’”
John 11: 21-26
Read by Alistair Begg
None of us know what a day will bring. In fact, we all live with a degree of uncertainty. We cannot be prepared for every test that is coming up. But we also live in a fallen world and know that the stab of sin is death. Dying is therefore a reality we need to prepare for.
Any consideration of death and dying that does not carefully consider the words of Jesus is incomplete. So a good start is the solid instruction that Jesus gave immediately after the death of his friend Lazarus.
Even if our physical framework fails, if we believe that Jesus is resurrection and life, death simply becomes a transition, a transition from one area of life to another.
Lazarus' grieving sisters were deeply concerned about what had happened to her brother. In response, Jesus said that Lazarus would rise again. Martha, who misunderstood this explanation, said, "I know that he will be resurrected on the last day in the resurrection." 1 Then Jesus went one step further and said, "I am the resurrection and the life."
Our answer to the following question from Jesus: “Do you believe that?” Influences both our life and our way of dealing with death. Jesus not only defeated death, but also created a way for us to defeat death. Even if our physical framework fails, if we believe that Jesus is resurrection and life, death simply becomes a transition, a transition from one area of life to another.
One challenge facing believers about death is not only to prepare us for its upcoming preparation, but also to learn how to help others face it. Regardless of the situation, Jesus' words are the basis for loving counsel. We should speak both biblically and honestly, explaining the reality of eternity and the hope that can be found in Him. Our words, which reflect Christ's own, should not be abrupt or numb, but full of wisdom and grace.
We cannot know how to live until we have resolved how to die. Tomorrow is not promised. So let's not harden our hearts, but prepare us, our friends, and our loved ones to overcome all fears and uncertainties about death with the promise of Christ forever.