A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
There is a topic that many people don’t like to discuss or use euphemisms in an effort to help them better cope with it. Historians tells us that Louis XV, King of Spain, was so fearful of it that he ordered his court to never speak of it in his presence. But no matter how hard you try, the subject of death is unavoidable and one that will eventually touch our lives. This is precisely why the Bible discusses life and death in a straight forward and compassionate manner.
On one occasion, Jesus received word that his friend Lazarus had died. Four days later, Jesus arrived in Lazarus’ home town and was greeted by the man’s grieving sisters, Mary and Martha. The women questioned Jesus as to why He had not come sooner. The sisters believed that if Christ had come right away their brother would not have died. Jesus reassures Martha by telling her, “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.” Upon Jesus arriving at the tomb, the gospel of John gives us the shortest verse found in the Bible, “Jesus wept.” But, just as death is not the end of life, neither does the story of Lazarus end there because Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, proving that He is the way, the truth, and the life!
When death hits close to home, tears and sorrow are appropriate. But, when we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the hope and peace that is ours surpasses all other emotions. For just as death is a reality we will all have to face, so is that fact that Jesus is the resurrection and the life! Amen!