April 4 – John 11:25-26

“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

Have you ever wondered what makes Jesus mad? What are the things that He greatly dislikes? This might surprise you, but there are a few things on the list. Here are a couple: hypocrites (Matthew 23), traditions that stand in the way of people getting to know and have a relationship with Him (Matthew 15), and death. We were not created to experience everything that comes with death. In John 11, Jesus has been invited to
a funeral. His friend Lazarus has died and John 11:33 tells us that he is “deeply moved”. It is an anger word. Jesus knows that we will all have to experience the tragedy of death, that all of our bodies are decaying, and that we can’t defeat it on our own. He makes a declaration to the people at this first century funeral and to us today: “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.”

It is a promise that tells us that death doesn’t have the last word. It is a promise that death won’t be the end. It is a promise that we no longer have to fear the thing we can’t stop. It is a promise that the stone will be rolled away, and He will walk out of the grave. It is a promise that we will never die. It is on Easter morning that we celebrate this promise from John 11. I would declare it as the greatest promise Jesus makes. But, did you notice the question Jesus asks at the end of verse 26? It is the question we need to answer on this Easter morning and the question I will leave you with. “Do you believe this?”