"For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants."
— John 5:21 NLT
Death was our impenetrable barrier as mortals. We could not escape it. We could not go around it. We could not see beyond it. Then the Father sent his Son, Jesus. Jesus conquered death. Jesus destroyed it as our barrier. He showed us what is on the other side of death. Just as surely as the Father raised Jesus from the dead, Jesus will also raise from the dead those who love him. He has promised it. He has demonstrated it. He now longs to do it, and one day he will raise the dead. Then, as God's children, we will experience his glory firsthand.
Father, thank you for not letting death have the final word. Thank you for demonstrating your power over our death through Jesus' resurrection. Give me the courage to live with conviction and faithfulness knowing that my life will not be claimed by my death, but by my Savior, with whom I will live and reign forever. In his name, Jesus Christ my Lord, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17
- 1 Corinthians 15:25-28, 52-57
- Matthew 11:2-6
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.