Jesus said, "Your brother will rise and be alive again." Martha answered, "I know that he will rise to live again when people are resurrected (raised from death) on the last day."
— John 11:23-24 NLT
There is a resurrection day for all of us. For Christians, this is a day of joy, victory, celebration, glory, and revelation. It is a day to cherish and anticipate, not a day to fear. This is our day, when our faith in the Lord will be shown to be true. This is Jesus' day, when all peoples of the earth will bow their knees and proclaim that he is lord. This is the Father's day, because he will bring all of his earthly children home to himself. This is the Spirit's day, as he raises us back to life and brings us into the full glory that is ours as children of God. However, Jesus decides to give Martha, Mary, and us a glimpse of that day when he raises Lazarus! Ah, won't that resurrection day be sweet!
Father, thank you for giving me something that I can look forward to no matter what is going on in my life. I pray for the repentance and salvation of several people who are close to me and confess to you that this is my only reluctance in asking for Jesus' swift return and bringing about the glorious reunion of resurrection day! In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- 1 Peter 1:3-9
- 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
- 2 Timothy 4:7-8
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows 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.