Time Alone With God Daily Devotional

Time Alone With God Daily Devotional

Written by Pastor Phil Stout of JAXNAZ Church

Tuesday, November 29

Read: John 11:17-26

John 11:17-26
New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus
17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles[a] from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

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Consider: Yesterday we listened in on Jesus and Martha as he comforted her at the loss of her brother. There we saw two resurrections…

“Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’” (11:23)

“Martha answered, ‘I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’” (11:24)

Jesus was speaking about a resurrection that was imminent—one that would happen within the hour. Martha was speaking about a future event—one that had been anticipated for centuries. But then, Jesus bound them together in a manner that Martha could hardly comprehend…

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.’” (11:25)

That is what we try to comprehend—to embrace—at Advent. God was in Christ, reconciling us and his entire creation (cosmos) to himself (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Jesus brought this reconciliation by bringing resurrection.

So when we see new life in the manger and new life emerging from the empty tomb, we see ourselves and our world in the three resurrections…

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Your resurrection and mine, described by Jesus when he told Martha, “The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die” (11:25-26). That eternal life began the day we were born again.

“…the resurrection at the last day” (11:24) when the “groaning creation” will be renewed (Romans 8:22).

The First Advent and the Second Advent cannot be understood apart from one another. These are not disparate pieces. They form one act of God, for Jesus is resurrection and Jesus is life.

That is why we cannot talk about Advent without talking about hope.

Pray: “Lord, you asked Martha if she believed that you are the resurrection. Help me to believe, with my faith and with my life. Today I will live in hope—no matter what I see or experience—because you are ‘the resurrection and the life.’”

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