Let the Truth of Who Jesus is Comfort Your Heart
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25, 26).
Louise called Basic Gospel wanting to know why God had not healed her of her physical ailments. I could hear the pain, disappointment and discouragement in her voice. She felt her prayers to God were going unanswered.
Her story reminded me of how Martha and Mary responded to Jesus concerning the death of their brother Lazarus. They too were disappointed with Jesus and felt that he had ignored their plea to heal Lazarus.
They had sent urgent word to Jesus to come heal their brother. Lazarus was growing worse by the minute and time was running out for a miraculous healing. To their dismay, Jesus didn’t come right away. And the longer he stayed away, the more their hope vanished. When Lazarus died, any remaining hope was wiped away. They never dreamed that Jesus could bring Lazarus out of the grave. That was an impossibility in their minds, even for Jesus.
Jesus proved them wrong. You see, God doesn’t want better people. He wants new people—people who are fully alive in Him. When Jesus did show up He shared this truth: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Hope isn’t tied to the here and now. Yes Jesus can heal us physically, or better our earthly circumstances. But if that’s all you think Jesus can do, you are missing out on the real hope that can anchor you through the trials of life. This life-changing hope is tied to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For my friend Louise, this hope made a difference.
Louise, just like Martha and Mary, discovered, that God had something better in mind for her than merely being healed of her physical ailments. She heard the gospel and received new life in Christ Jesus. Now her hope is anchored in resurrection life. What about you? What are looking for Jesus to do in your life? Are you willing to let him expand your hope? Are you willing to place all that you are in the hands of Jesus, the one who is the resurrection and the life?
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