Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Resurrection and the Life
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.