A Message from Reverend, Dawn Freese, Senior Pastor
Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?" -John 11:25-26
In this scripture passage Martha and Mary have just experienced an emotional upset in their lives. Lazarus, their dearly loved brother, had gotten sick and had died, or so it seemed. Martha gets word that Jesus is close by so in desperation runs to meet Him, exploding with what seems to be an accusation. Saying, "if you had been here my brother would not have died." Martha is having this conversation with Jesus at the graveside of her brother Lazarus. Isn't this where most of us lose our faith, at the graveside of our loved one? How often do we accuse Jesus of not being available to help us in our messes? Those times when we are afraid, when we are questioning our faith, when we are losing someone we love, when we doubt our purpose for being here?
Like Martha, who had first told Jesus that she was sure Jesus could have healed her brother had he arrived before his death, her testimony showed her belief in His power and goodness. She had affirmed her belief that her brother would rise again in the general resurrection,.
Jesus asked her a direct question of faith, "Do you believe this?" Martha said, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
Since Jesus is the Christ, He is the source of eternal life. If we believe in Him with the confidence that Martha did you can be as calm and assured in the goodness, grace and power of Jesus as she was. And you can have eternal life.
The Easter message then for us is this….. We believe that Jesus has the power over life and death as well as power to forgive sins. This is because he is the Creator of life. He who is life can surely restore life. Whoever believes in Christ has a spiritual life that death cannot conquer or diminish in any way. When we realize his power and how wonderful his offer to us really is, how can we help but commit our lives to him? Jesus says, "Because I live, you also will live" John 14:19
To this I say, "THANK YOU, JESUS!"
ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS