Jn. 11:25,26 – “Martha,” Jesus said, “You don’t have to wait until then. I am the Resurrection, and I am Life Eternal. Anyone who clings to me in faith, even though he dies, will live forever. And the one who lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

We see glimpses of it all around us. We see the deadness of winter yielding to the birth of life called spring. For months everything is dormant, caught up in a death like state until one day resurrection life is portrayed as all creation enters into the song of life. Then there is the daily picture that most of you have probably never thought of. Jonathan Edwards would say that every night we enter into a death like state called sleep. Each morning we are awakened to a glorious new day, we have a resurrection as we awaken to God’s new day. Edwards also said that the raising of the sun each day, dispelling the darkness, was a picture intended by God to portray the resurrection. Here is an interesting observation from the Passion Notes on resurrection.

“The Aramaic uses a word that is related linguistically to the name Noah, who was symbolically “resurrected” from the flood as the life-giver to those who repopulated the earth. Resurrection is superior to life, for life can be defeated and ended. But resurrection overcomes. Life is the power to exist, but resurrection is the power to conquer all, even death itself. Believers must learn to live in Christ our Life, but also, Christ our Resurrection to conquer all things.”

We are all born in a state of spiritual death. Paul said that “you were once like corpses, dead in your sins and offenses”. When Christ came into our lives we were literally born again. We were in the graves of our sins and Christ called us out into this brand new life. Every time I read or hear about this great miracle of Lazarus being raised from the dead I focus on the scene, Christ looking into the dark tomb of death and calling Lazarus by name, “Lazarus! Come out of the tomb!” Then I am reminded that Jesus stood outside of my tomb of death and called me by name. He called me to live in His new resurrection life. I was dead in my offenses and sins, now I am living by the power of resurrection.

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