Jesus asked lots of questions. Jesus asked straightforward questions. Jesus asked the questions that matter in life.
“Do you believe this?” Jesus asked this of Martha right after saying to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” Mark 11::25
Do you believe this? This is not Jesus asking Martha. I am asking you. The question that matters in your life is “do you believe this?”
There are three truths I want you to learn from the death and resurrection of Lazarus.
1. Apart from Jesus there is death.
Martha and Mary both tell Jesus that if he had been there their brother would not have died. They knew that without Christ there was death. Yet Jesus spoke life into that tomb. Jesus speaks life not because he can bring resurrection but because he IS the resurrection. He is the one who conquered sin, death, and the grave. We must go beyond seeking what he gives and seek who he is.
2. In Jesus there is life.
Jesus said, “I am the life.” Jesus did not die and was not resurrected so you could have a better life. Jesus came that you might have “life, and that life to the full.” He is the giver of life because He Himself is life. Life is not something we desire from him, it is what we find in him.
3. I must die to my life to live the Jesus’ life.
There is a death that must take place. It is my own. “I no longer live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” Knowing the power of the resurrection of Christ and the life found in him begins when I allow myself to die to my own ways. There must be an end to me before there is a beginning for me in Christ.
Jesus told Lazarus to come out and then commanded those around him to unbind him and let him loose. Jesus died and came to life so that we could die and come to life. This life is intended to be lived and enjoyed and celebrated. Let loose for the glory of the Lord in all the joy and peace he gives in life.
As I write these words my heart is heavy for some friends who lost their father this morning. As I preached this truth yesterday I shared this truth. The truth of Jesus is an eternal, yet urgent matter. Often we put off the long-term decisions for short-term reasons. I told Fellowship yesterday, that you you do not know you are promised today or tomorrow, but if you believe you know you are promised forever. I praise the Lord with them that their father believed and though he died, he lives.
He believed this. His sons believe this. I believe this. But that is not the question you need to know the answer to.
Do you believe this?