Scripture First Youth on “I AM the Resurrection and
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 NIV
Death sucks, there is no other way to put it. If you are reading this and are you struggling with the death of a loved one, I’m sorry for your loss. Whether it is the loss of a marriage or any significant change in your life, these things can feel like a death as well. We can’t sugar coat it. Jesus knew that we would struggle with the concept of death. Jesus makes many I AM statements throughout the Bible – this one responds to death.
In Bethany, less than two miles from Jerusalem, Martha and Mary were mourning the loss of their brother When Martha heard that Jesus was coming she went out to meet him saying, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha then answered saying, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus then said to her, “I AM he resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die and whoever lives by and whoever lives believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
In the midst of Martha’s mourning, Jesus makes it very clear that those who believe in him will have eternal life. Mourning is natural but as Christians we can be encouraged by this verse. It serves as a great reminder that death doesn’t have the last word.
Dear God, we thank you for this day. God we pray for all those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. We ask that you give them comfort during his time and remind them that death does not have the last word. Change can be very uncomfortable and we ask that we are able to see your hand through it all. Amen.
The Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
You Are Loved.