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THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH
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"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die."
John 11: 25,26

The Scripture verses above are the words of Jesus to Martha when her brother Lazarus had died. The one absolute certainty of this earthly life which we live, is that one day we will die. Most people have some sort of idea that there is some existance beyond the grave and often speak of their dead loved ones as being somewhere at peace, and looking down on this earthly life upon their friends and loved ones still existing in this earthly life. Such belief is a gut feeling that people hold because the thought of total end of living horrifies them. In the words of Jesus, which is our text for this month, he gives us the truth concerning existence beyond the grave.

In these words of Jesus is embedded the fact that without Jesus there is no life beyond the grave. Jesus is facing the truth about human life without faith in him. The truth is that after this life there is everlasting death in awful misery because of God's curse on humanity and the world after our first parents, Adam and Eve, disobeyed him. We may treat the words of Genesis 3 with contempt, but that is simply denying the truth we will most awfully eternally experience after death.

In this reality the words of Jesus in the text for this month give glorious and wonderful news. Jesus tells us that he is the resurrection and the life, and that anyone will be able to receive this life from him if they believe he is able and willing to give it to them. This belief is more than simply saying I believe with the mind. It goes deeper and embraces a soul seeing their destiny is enternal death, believing Jesus is life and the giver of life, and crying in great need for this life so that after physical death, there will be for them this joyous life with Jesus, and not the eternal misery in hell with Satan.

Jesus was sent by God his eternal Father to provide and make this eternal life possible. Jesus came into this world by taking our human nature joined to his divine nature. He came to suffer our hell beyond the grave in our place so that we may be saved from this death. He did this incredible thing when he gave himself in sacrifice on the cross. He is the resurrection and the life because he suffered eternal death, and was victorious over it.

We must face the truth of eternal death in hell, and in the truth of it see that there is escape and life in Jesus. Read the words of Jesus in |John 11: 25,26, and read it again and again with longing for this life until Jesus makes it real with saving faith to you. Then when you know you have received this life praise and thank Jesus from your heart and be his disciple until he brings you to the reality of his life when he calls you home to heaven.