Looking forward to everlasting life
'The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.' John 11:25 NIV
The end of our life generally isn't something we'd prefer to think about. For most of us, it seems way off in the distant future. But, as followers of Jesus, it's important to prepare now for spending the rest of eternity with God in Heaven.
When Jesus' good friend Lazarus was sick, his sisters Martha and Mary sent a message to Jesus to let him know. By the time Jesus got to their house, Lazarus had died and had been lying in a tomb for four days. But Jesus tells Martha, 'the one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die' (John 11:25-26 NIV). He asks her if she believes this, and she replies, 'I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God' (John 11:27 NIV). Later, Jesus goes to the tomb and calls to Lazarus, who comes out wrapped in grave clothes, but fully alive. Just like his own death and resurrection later, Jesus shows that he has power over death for those who believe in him. We don't need to fear it because, just like Lazarus emerging from the tomb, it's a new beginning, and we'll be reunited with Jesus.
We can't avoid death, but when we believe in him, we can be sure that, for us, death means eternal life.
So what now? Give thanks to Jesus that, through him, you can look forward to eternal life. And thank him that your life with him now can be amazing too.
Soulfood: Isa 30-33, Matt 11:20-30, Ps 107:23-32, Pro 3:25-26