THE RESURRECTION GOD
"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
Can I have your permission to talk about the Resurrection even though it's only the end of January? Will that be okay with you?
If not, then please stop reading, because I am going to take the liberty anyway :) in light of this topic of grief and suffering.
Furthermore, I believe our Savior wants us to remember what He did for us, and how powerful He is on our behalf, not just once a year.
Last week I shared with you what my family is going through, the recent traumatic event. If you missed that post, you can check it out here: http://www.ericambasan.com/blog/grieving-2
We are still reeling from what has happened. Sometimes crying, sometimes numb. Trying to sort things out while trying to listen to godly counsel and not make any huge decisions either. We are seeking the Lord and so thankful for the support of loved ones. When a crisis comes, you really see how rich you are. My family and I are so rich with people who are standing beside us, crying for us, praying with us, and pouring into us in practical ways as well. It has blown our minds and humbled our hearts. We can't say thank you enough to all of you!!
This week I wanted to expound on something I said last week. I mentioned this: When Jesus walked this earth, and his friends wept and grieved, He wept with them. Even though He knew that He was going to defeat death and pain, He wept with them. He wept for the heartbreak that they felt. This comforts me so much today, because I know that He weeps with us also.
Let's take that a step farther (or maybe back up a bit). If you read the whole of John 11, you will get a good picture of what was going on. I encourage you to do that if you don't know the story well. Jesus got word that His dear friend Lazarus was sick. They sent for Jesus to come. They believed in His healing power, they knew with just a touch Jesus could make Lazarus well. But Jesus didn't come. Instead, He delayed where He was. His friends must have felt really abandoned. Maybe even betrayed. (Have you been there?) Then, knowing that Lazarus was dead, Jesus told His disciples that NOW it was time for them to go travel to them. This makes no human sense whatsoever, but Jesus rarely fits into our logical boxes or obeys our timing.
Jesus didn't want to heal a sickness, He wanted to raise the dead. He didn't want to comfort the grieving only, He wanted to show that He has all power over the grave and anything else that gets thrown our way.
I am so glad that Jesus delayed and showed His Resurrection Power.
I am so glad that Jesus boldly declared to Martha that He is the Resurrection and the Life.
Not just for eternity, but He desires to do so much more in our lives today.
I don't see resurrection life yet in this situation that we are passing through very clearly. There are still a lot of questions and sorrows. I say, like Mary and Martha, Jesus, where were you? If you were here for me, this would not have happened. And Jesus doesn't get mad at my questions. He weeps for me and with me. He declares boldly: "I AM The Resurrection and the Life."
God is going to Resurrect something beautiful out of this death. He isn't late. He is right on time.
Is your marriage failing? Maybe God doesn't want to do a patch job, but let you and your spouse die to yourselves and bring you back in His resurrection life.
Have you lost a loved one? We don't grieve like those who have no hope. For those in Christ, we will see each other again.
Sick? Lost a job? Feeling helpless, depressed or uncertain of the future? I can't promise that bad things won't come. But I can promise that Jesus is The Resurrection and the Life. Maybe like me you can't yet see that new life, but we can believe. We can have faith, because He has done it before. He is a mighty God. He is our Avenger, our Comforter, and the ultimate Victor.
There is much more that can be said on this topic of grief and suffering, but I will leave it at this. If you know Jesus, don't be afraid to ask Him the hard questions. And don't be surprised when He doesn't show up in your time or do things in your way. Bad things are not His doing (we live in a fallen and broken world that is contaminated and plagued with sin), but He does take those things and bring New Life again. Far beyond our expectations and dreams.
I believe Him for me and my family, and I believe Him for you as well.
In addition to John 11, here are a few other scriptures to meditate on. There are tons more, so if you feel like sharing, please do so in the comments section.