“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?” - John 11:25-26
As Jesus speaks to Martha outside the tomb of her brother, He is opening up an understanding to the depths of who He is. He says this to Martha before He calls Lazarus to come out of the tomb. The life that Jesus offers to us has implications and wonders here and now and in the future - a life of freedom now that also goes beyond the door of death.
What is it like to live a life that really has no fear of death? Surely it offers us freedom - we are welcomed to live a
life of total joy and abandon because we have no need for self-preservation. Our trust in Jesus and in His resurrection promise means that whatever may come at us, or for us, ultimately holds no power over us. The invitation is for us to place our faith in Jesus trusting His provision for both present life and a life realised in eternal future fullness. What an astounding and exciting invitation we have to throw ourselves into life.
How might our day-to-day living change if we lived like we believed it to be true?
God, I am a person who allows fears to reduce my living. I have been frightened of other people’s opinions of me and I have adjusted my life to fit the boxes they have imposed on me. Forgive me, for living in small tombs of fear when You offer me a wide free life. Transform my mind and heart so I might understand what it is to live a resurrection life today. In your strength and with your help, for your glory. Amen.
As you sit with God ask, “What is one practical way I could live more freely today and trust You more completely?” It might look like trying something you might fail at, giving an opinion you know might not be popular or offering friendship to someone who might reject you. We have nothing to lose because we are secure in the One who lost it all for us.