Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Resurrection and the Life

today's readings: 1 Sam 26:1-28:25, John 11:1-54, Psalm 117:1-2, Proverbs 15:22-23

i especially liked today's picture, so i made it extra large. lots of good reading today... David runs off and fights alongside the Philistines... only he tricks them and is killing off his enemies' towns one by one while the king thinks he's killing Israelites.

the NT reading is one of my fav stories... Jesus raises Lazarus. the whole story is beautiful. very human, and very divine is Jesus in this story. but the verse that leapt out at me today was before Jesus goes to Judea... His disciples believe that if He goes back to Judea, He's going to be killed. but one of His disciples says "Let's go and die with Jesus."

that is profound. he would rather die with Jesus than live without Him. because, over the last three years while walking with Jesus, he has come to realize that there is no such thing as living without Jesus. without Jesus, there is only death. Jesus is life. and He then goes on to SAY those very words to Martha. "I AM the resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."

we are called to make this same decision every day of our lives. we are called to go "die with Jesus." our sinful nature doesn't want to. but the better part of our nature, the wise part of us, realizes what that disciple did. there is no life apart from Him. so let us, with that disciple, every day say the same... "You are the resurrection and the Life, Jesus. I'm going to come die with you, so that I'll live forever."

God, let this be my daily experience.

1 comment:

julie reedy said...

Tremendous humor in the OT, DAVID was very mischievous still running from Saul who by the way cries to David to come home....but is still in pursuit of David to kill him. Wild time but like Jeff one of my all time favorite story is the raising of Lazarus it is our hope and belief that this is our future also. Thanks Jeff for helping us all read along with you and your thoughts about the readings. Jesus wept, and he weeps for us.