Focal Passages: John 11:21-27, 33-44
Martha provides an example for all of us in John 11:21. Believing that Jesus could have prevented the death of Lazarus, she acknowledges that “even now I know whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” What an affirmation of her faith in Jesus and her confidence in Him! Even in the midst of this confidence there were tears because the hurt of loss was so very real, but there was hope.
Jesus states, “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.” Jesus asks Martha and asks you today, “Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).
Growing up I was a fearful child. I did not want to dive off the diving board, ride my bike down the steep hill or risk my bodily safety in any form or fashion. As a teenager, and being the only child still at home, I was fearful something would happen to my parents. Then one day I understood the victory Jesus has in every situation and even over death. It makes a monumental difference in your life if you believe this.
In John 11, Jesus makes the promise to us that He has power over death, He expresses His concern for those who grieve and He raised Lazarus from the dead to the glory of God. He alone can deliver us from our fears and give us confidence, even in the face of death.
On Oct. 18 it was reported on imb.org that a plane crashed in Laos and there were no survivors.
For the local community, the article explains that most would believe the river spirits/god was upset and caused the accident.
There will only be sadness and no hope of eternity for these families of devout Buddhists and animists. We have a message to share in our community and throughout the world that there is indeed hope because Jesus promised us eternal life. When we are experiencing grief, we can be confident in the promised resurrection.