“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;”
Life is filled with impossibilities. There are plentiful things we will never accomplish, experience, or witness. I’ll never play in the NFL (too old), never be an auto mechanic (they would kick me out of the garage), and I’ll never be a ballet dancer (you don’t want to see me in tights).
Actually, the human spirit can accomplish amazing things.
You have heard stories about the team that went from worst to first; the child who was told by doctors he would never walk yet became a star ball player; the boy who grew up in poverty but became the head of a major corporation. Countless stories prove that people overcome great obstacles and conquer impossibilities.
However, there are many troubling things in our lives that are beyond our control. These are the impossibilities that severely hinder our quality of life. Crippling disease, debilitating circumstances, tragic loss, severe handicaps, broken relationships, loneliness, etc.
In today’s focus text, Jesus was talking to His grieving friend, Martha. Her brother, Lazarus, had just died. I’m certain you’re familiar with the story. Lazarus’ resurrection from the dead is a picture of the believer’s resurrection. “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies…” Imagine how you would have reacted if you had witnessed that astounding event when Jesus accomplished the impossible.
Later, Jesus was also resurrected from death. And if you and I die before Christ’s return, we too shall be raised to meet the Lord in the air.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
In fact, there can be no salvation, no right relationship with God without believing in the resurrection. “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
All Christians believe this basic tenant of the faith. And if we die prior to Christ’s return we believe we shall be resurrected. We have no problem trusting Jesus to accomplish that impossibility in our lives.
Raising somebody from the dead is definitely in the class of impossibilities. Amazing, astounding, miraculous. We’ve never seen someone rise from death to life. In fact, our only reference comes from the Bible. So, why do we believe it? Because Jesus promised it would happen. We trust the One who said it.
So, if we base our belief in the resurrection on the promise of Christ, why do we ignore His other promises? We often dismiss or try to explain away the Lord’s words. Consider the following examples:
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
“For no word from God will ever fail.” (Luke 1:37)
“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.” (Luke 17:6)
There’s an old hymn called Standing On the Promises. Most of us are likely standing on just a few of the promises. Why not stretch your faith, expand your trust in the Lord and His word?
What are the impossibilities in your life? Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” The life He gives is eternal. That’s not just life in the future. It’s also the part of life that is now.
Put today’s impossibilities in the hands of the God who makes all things possible. Take it from one who’s lived long enough to see God accomplish the impossible many times. He is still a wonder working God. Know it. Believe it. Experience it.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Get Out of Your Rut and Get On with Your Life
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.