3/26/20

Our scripture this week is John 11:1-45.

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there. John 11:23-31

In this exchange between Martha and Jesus, He tells her plainly “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die”. He then asks if she believes this and she confesses her faith in Him as the Messiah. This is a conversation everyone must have with Jesus.

Jesus calls each of us to a relationship with Him, and through this connection we can know the salvation of the Lord. He offers us the gift of being named the children of God and the charge to live according to His commands. In this passage, Jesus calls Martha to believe in Him and to know that death is not the final word of our existence.

We must renew our commitment to Jesus daily, offering Him our very best, no matter what circumstances we face. Our faith in Him will lead and comfort us always. Give Him your fears, He will give you His strength.

Gracious God, thank You for the gift of Your son to guard and guide us. May we always trust in Your love and care, sharing our certainty in a broken world. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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