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?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
John 11:25-27 NIV
Though He Die
This past January, a Nova Scotia woman died after a seven-hour wait in the emergency room, which family members called “heartbreaking” and “so unfair.” 37-year-old Allison Holthoff had an upset stomach on Dec. 31 and went to the emergency room the following morning when the sickness worsened. Six hours later she was finally taken from the waiting room into a unit with no medical equipment. While prepping for an X-ray her condition deteriorated to the point where she couldn’t breathe. She died shortly after.
One of the great ironies of the world in which we live is that, in spite of death being all around us, and our world getting more and more violent it seems, thanks to Hollywood and video game producers, we still do all we can to ignore our own death. About the only time we actually think about it is when a loved one passes away or the local funeral home puts a flyer in our mailbox. Jesus didn’t ignore death. The very reason He came here was to defeat death, and He faced it down constantly. Jesus knew that His kingdom had a totally different take on death. In John 11:25-27 we read: “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?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.’” When we put our faith in Jesus Christ, death is done. The One who is the resurrection, and the life provides those to all who trust in Him.
These have been words from the heart.