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 anxiety. Are you ready to die? When you leave this life, do you know for sure where you will spend eternity?
We see a committed FAITH.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live,” vs. 25. First, Jesus made a declaration. In this declaration, He was asserting His deity and power over death. He is the power for resurrection. He is the hope for resurrection. Not only that, He is the means for resurrection and for life. Satan has the power of death. Jesus has the power of life. Jesus gives life. Second, He spoke of doctrine. The doctrine of the resurrection emphatically points to victory over death. Someone once dead is made alive again. The doctrine of the resurrection is essential to our faith. Without Christ’s resurrection, our faith is in vain. The resurrection means that death has lost its power. Third, He spoke of a decision. Jesus said, “He that believeth in me, though he were dead…” We are dead in trespasses and sins. When we believe that Christ died for our sins and rose again from the dead, we are guaranteed recipients of the gift of eternal life. Paul said, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Faith alone in Christ saves us from sins, and gives us life—eternal life! Believest thou this?
We see a confident FUTURE.
“And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” Technically speaking, a believer in Jesus Christ never dies. He graduates from this life! If you are born once, you die twice. If you are born twice, you only die once! Real living begins when our faith is in Christ. A believer of Jesus Christ has the hope of glory within him. As we prepare to exit this life, we enter the presence of the Lord immediately and forever. It is not a loss, but rather a gain. It is not defeat; it’s victory. It is not the end of the world; it is the beginning of eternity. Life everlasting begins the moment we place our faith in Christ for the forgiveness of our sins and a reservation in heaven.
Do you have life everlasting? Have you exercised faith in Christ for your salvation? If you have, thank the Lord for saving you. If you have not, life everlasting is yours the moment you take Christ as your Savior. Will you believe?
Have a blessed God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Samuel 13-15