Jesus the Resurrection and the Life
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’
Devotion by Julia Shiver
We are certainly living in scary times. As I write this, we are under a “shelter in place” order that has no end date. Friends have been laid off, or their small businesses are struggling. We have had several health scares among the congregation. Common Atlanta allergy symptoms suddenly become much more ominous. The hardest part, for me, is the isolation. You are my church family. I miss seeing you and being in worship with you.
There is great comfort to be had during all of this. While we may feel alone, we are never alone. God is walking with us each step of the way. God has made a promise to us. “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”
I pray that the God of resurrection, of second chances, of new beginnings, holds you close and comforts you during our trial. And I praise the day when we can worship together again in the house of our Lord. Amen.