July 20th, 2019
Sorrow with Hope
John 11:25 (KJB) Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
Jesus was speaking directly to Martha in this verse. They had gathered around her obvious physically dead brother, who was a dear friend of Jesus, Lazarus. Martha’s heart was filled with sorrow about her brother’s death. In fact, Jesus sorrowed and wept for the death of Lazarus, However, He did not sorrow without hope.
This situation did not end with an earthly burial ceremony for Lazarus as does typically happen when death consumes a physical body. Loved ones gather around to both remember and mourn the passing of a loved one and the body is lowered into the ground in burial.
No, in this case concerning Lazarus, Jesus Christ raised him from the grave of death. Jesus Christ called out Lazarus’s name and Lazarus arose, alive with new life. He was raised from death unto life.
You see, death did not have a permanent hold on Lazarus because Jesus Christ spoke and set him free from the grip of death. He called out “Lazarus,” and that very moment he arose unto new spiritual life.
Every child of God can find hope in death because he will live forever resurrected unto new spiritual life in Christ. Death is not a permanent state, sweet fellowship with God provides both future hope and comfort.