A devotional thought from Afshin Ziafat for “One Among Many?”
John 11:25-26: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die—ever. Do you believe this?”
The news came to Jesus that His close friend Lazarus was ill. Jesus declared that the ultimate purpose for his sickness was the glory of God. God’s glory would be revealed through Jesus when he spoke the words that brought Lazarus out of the grave. Before He brought Lazarus back to life, He told His friend’s sister Martha that those who believe in Him, though they die, they shall live (John 11:25). This declaration sets Jesus and His message apart from every other religious movement.
The Bible tells us that Jesus came to take us who were dead in our sins and bring us back to life (Eph. 2:5). He accomplishes this for those who believe in Him through His own death and resurrection. By dying and rising again to life, Jesus pays for the sins of the faithful and removes the consequence of sin, which is death. This is the life-giving message that Christians possess and must declare to a dying world. The great news we must announce is that whoever believes in Jesus will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
The eternal life Jesus gives to those who believe does not start when one dies but rather when one comes to faith in Christ (John 5:24). This life is experienced fully when we live out our lives within the body of Christ. It is important to note that once Lazarus came out of the grave, he still had his grave clothes on. Jesus called others to unbind him and let him go (John 11: 44). Many Christians have come to life but are still experiencing the stench of death as they remain in bondage to specific sins. We need to walk in community in the church so that other believers can help us take off the grave clothes and experience the abundant life of Christ!
Pause and Reflect
• Does the life-giving message of Christ create in you an urgency to share it with the world around you? Why or why not?
• Are you experiencing the abundant life of Christ? How can you be more intentional to live within Christian community?