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“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” - John 11:25, 26.

Comment:

When Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha fell sick, his sisters sent word to Christ, apparently for him to come and heal him.  Later Jesus Christ told his disciples that Lazarus was dead. (John 11:11-14) He then told them, “And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.” (John 11:15)  When he told Martha “Thy brother shall rise again” she thought he was talking of the last day, for which reason he made the declaration that he is the one God had given power to raise the dead as stated in the text for today. Even when he asked them to remove the stones at the mouth of the cave, Martha protested that “by this time he stinketh”.  Confirming that he is the resurrection and the life, he made a short prayer and called Lazarus to come back to life. As a result many of the Jews who came to sympathize with Mary over the death became believers in Christ. Again Christ showed here that God is not happy over the pains people have to go through because of the death of their loved ones and that He has purposed to put death to an end by the resurrection of the dead. This power Christ demonstrated openly. People of God should awake to righteousness so as to enjoy the benefit of the resurrection of the dead by the grace of God.

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