Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”John 11:25-26, ESV
Before His own resurrection, Jesus stood with Martha at her brother’s tomb and proclaimed that Lazarus would rise again. At that moment, the situation looked bleak, to put it mildly. Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days, so who really would blame Martha for thinking that the hope of resurrection was for another day (the last day)? Yet, we find that Jesus was pointing Martha not to the horizon but to Himself, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
Four days in the tomb were proof that Lazarus couldn’t raise himself, and the reality is that–dead in our sins–we can’t raise ourselves either. That requires the power of God and the person of Jesus, who invites us to believe in Him and experience His resurrection life–a life that is dead to sin and alive to God. That isn’t just about a different destination. It’s also about a different path with different priorities and passions than we had before we believed in Jesus.
That life–Jesus’ life–is available to everyone who lives and believes in Him. In Jesus’ conversation with Martha, we learn that the hope of the resurrection is for the last day and for this day. The resurrection isn’t just what we sing on Easter Sunday. It’s how we live today and will live all the “todays” to come. So, the question for us today is the same as the one Jesus asked Martha so long ago, “Do you believe this?”