Saturday, April 12, 2014

John 11:38-45 (ESV)

38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him

Have you ever really thought about life? We are all so busy with life, it is rare to have the time to think about life. Yet, as this Lent draws to a close, perhaps we would be well-served to think about what we all are experiencing right now: life! Your circumstances may be joyous, or fearful, or boring; but set your emotions to the side if you can. Just look around you. You are alive; you are in the midst of a grand universe, this awesome creation.

Chances are you are not hungry; if you are, food is likely in reach. Chances are you are inside of some shelter, perhaps one you own or rent. So, the elements of creation are at bay. Perhaps it is quiet. You are breathing, if you think of it; you can feel your body, if you think of it.

One thing you cannot do at this moment is die. Your death may be far off, or perhaps nearer. But for now, for this very moment, you are alive. You are surrounded by life, held up by life, infused with life. You may fear death, you may have seen death, but you have never experienced your death. For now, life exercises an authority over you.

You did not create this life you are living. Oh, you may have created your circumstances; but you did not create your being. Rather, it was given to you—God gave it to you.

God has given us life. And he has given us a promise: if we believe, we will see his glory; we will have eternal life.

The life we experience right now proves he can give life. Do you believe he can give eternal life?

Lord Jesus, we believe you are the Christ, the Son of God!