June 13-Dying

June 13-Dying

June 13: Dying

 

Scripture Lesson: John 11:25-26

 

On this date in 1948, on the 25th anniversary of Yankee Stadium, the Yankees celebrated “Babe Ruth Day.” During the ceremony, the team retired Ruth’s iconic number 3. Ruth, who had been stricken with throat cancer, was barely able to speak to the crowd. On August 16, only a little more than two months after his big day at Yankee Stadium, Ruth died.

 

Today’s text relates how Jesus went to Bethany to comfort Mary and Martha on the death of their brother Lazarus. Later in the chapter, we learn that Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. In words that have become familiar to us, Jesus declared himself to be “the resurrection and the life.” If we believe in Him, we will never die, but shift our residence to heaven as our earthly life ends. As a believer, we need never fear death, because death is not the end for us, but the beginning of our eternal life in heaven. What a reassurance for all who believe: Jesus is the resurrection and the life.

  1. Why can we face death without fear as a believer?

  2. What does it mean to you that Jesus is the resurrection and the life?

  3. Thank God today for our eternal home as a Christian.

When the time comes, we can face death with the reassurance of God’s provision and presence with us.

 

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Ahmed wrote:
I got over this hurdle when I was in sixth or sevtenh grade. I was at church when I suddenly realized that I may have been raised in a brainwashing community. I thought that from the tender age of NEWBORN, I was being turned into someone who had these crazy beliefs people rising from the dead, miraculous healing, old men building arcs and gathering animals whaaaat? I couldn't see or truly know any of these things. Luckily, the following summer youth retreat made everything clear to me because I felt the Holy Spirit. It was also the first time I felt so insignificant, fearful, and unconditionally loved all at once. I thought about little ol' me, in the grand scheme of time (past, present, future) and space (the clear sky with the stars in the night the huge trees surrounding me) and realized I am not the center of the universe. Then I felt the fear of God for the first time because I realized that the CREATOR had handcrafted all of these amazing things in nature, and how powerful and mighty He is. Then I felt love because even though he is the GOD of EVERYTHING, He cared to listen to me (at thirteen) complain about my homework and boys and how my life is so hard. I EXPERIENCED the Holy Spirit because my heart was searching. No one can disprove that to me (hormones?? haha, jk). And every experience I have with God is fortifying and strengthening my own faith in Him. Now our purpose it to share this with those around us. My response to His resurrection should be as life-changing and mind-blowing as the experience I (attempted to) described.

Fri, September 13, 2013 @ 6:19 AM

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