Day One: Life-giver

John 11:25 (NIV) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.

“The story of the death and resurrection of Lazarus is one of the great transition stories in the Gospels, for it sums up the meaning of Jesus’ ministry thus far as the Giver of Life and anticipates the death and resurrection of Jesus…This story proves the love of Jesus for his friends and the love of God for all of us…All the hopes of God’s people throughout history have focused on sharing the life of God and thereby defeating the power of sin and death, and here we see all that is centered on Jesus, who is “the resurrection and the life” (v. 25).” [G. Osborne, John Verse by Verse (Kindle)]

Jesus’ compassion for us led him to pay the ultimate price by dying on the cross for our sins. Through our union with Christ, death no longer has victory. Resurrection reality is not something that awaits us at the end of time. Let’s declare that the same power that will enable us to live for eternity is God’s same power in our lives today.

Let’s pray: Lord, you are the giver of life. Thank you for your compassion for us. May you fill us with your power and help us to live this resurrection reality today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “This is Amazing Grace” by Phil Wickham.

-MR

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