Day 21 – The Resurrection and the Life
“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “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 answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
“Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world” (John 11:21-27).
According to Webster’s, resurrection means “to be returned from the dead, back to life.” The ultimate expression of God’s sovereignty is that He can take something that is dead and make it live again. Martha tells Him, “Master, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.” She affirms that God will grant every request of Jesus. Finally, she confirms that Jesus is the Messiah, Ben Elohim, the Anointed One, the Son of God! Amen!
- How does it make you feel to know that you have eternal life with Christ?
- Does this change your view of death?
- Do you realize how important your belief in Jesus is?
- What do you think you would have said to Jesus if it were your own brother who died?
2 SAMUEL 7:12-17
“When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for My Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be My son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. But My love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before Me; your throne will be established forever.’” Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation (2 Samuel 7:12-17).
The Lord told the prophet Nathan to relate these words to King David. King David was shown that, after he died, one of his descendants would establish an everlasting kingdom. This successor would be punished, but God would neither remove His love from Him, nor the heritage of David’s throne. This coming king of Israel would be established forever.This promise was fulfilled through Jesus, who was a descendant of David.
- Why would the Lord compare David’s reign as king of Israel to Saul’s?
- How much of this promise do you think King David could understand?