It’s the last day of Lent. Holy Saturday. It’s quiet.
And while you might expect the Scripture to be when Jesus rose from the dead, there is a passage earlier in the Gospels where Jesus initiates this conversation.
Jesus has a conversation with Martha after her brother, Lazarus has died.
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?’” – John 11:21-25, NIV
Martha certainly knows her stuff. She is confident of her brother’s resurrection on the last day. But Jesus is about to take that further and raise her brother from the dead.
Verse 25 is a great explanation for us today. Death is still going to happen. We are all mortal. But we can spend eternity with Jesus by believing in him. We are able to do that because Jesus died and then rose again. His resurrection allows us to be resurrected for eternity.
Jesus asks Martha a question that I think is a pertinent one as we prepare for Easter. Do you believe in Jesus? Do you truly believe that he rose from the dead? Do you believe that your life is eternally connected to him?
Every Sunday we are reminded of our Risen Lord. Each time we rise to hear the Gospel, we are rising from the dead with Jesus. But tomorrow will be a celebration at the empty tomb, when those first witnesses realized that God had fulfilled his promise of a RESURRECTED Savior.