Jesus said, “Your brother will be raised up.” Martha replied, “I know that he will be raised up in the resurrection at the end of time.” “You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Master. All along I have believed that you are the Messiah, the Son of God who comes into the world.”
(John 11:23-27 MSG)
There’s a Martha in all of us. The Martha who believes in a future resurrection rather than the present. Jesus says to everyone like her, “You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life.” You don’t have to wait for the end because you can rise again now. Jesus, the Great I Am, the Resurrection and the Life, is able to breathe life into your dead dreams, hopes and circumstances now. But the ultimate question is, “Do you believe this?” Martha believed and witnessed her brother come back to life after being dead for four days. When we believe, we, too, will see the glory of God (v.40).
For quite some time now, God has been bringing me back to the miracle of the resurrection and the empty tomb. There’s a resurrection power living on the inside of us that we need to tap into if we hope to thrive in this world.