And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? ~John 11:26
When we speak about everlasting life, we are referring to a life that is never-ending. It is a life that will never experience cessation. It is life where death is not possible. Jesus came to Bethany, the town where His good friends, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus lived. Lazarus had passed away. Mary and Martha were grieving his death, sadly disappointed, and doubtful as to what to expect from the Lord. In John 11:25-26, our Lord reveals Himself as the “resurrection and the life.” In this great revelation, Jesus comforts us with the assurance of a life that is everlasting.
We see a common FEAR.
For most people, there is a fear of death. It is a fear of suffering and eventual cessation. It is a fear of the uncertainty of where will I go and what will happen. We only live this life once. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” For Mary and Martha, it was the fear that they, too, would one day die. It was a fear of loss. They doubted that they would see Lazarus again. This fear can become tormenting. It can lead to restlessness and much anxi