April 16 – Life From Death

Read John 11:1-46

In October of 2016, our 24 year old daughter moved 1700 miles away.  It was hard to see her go, but it was also exciting to see her start a new adventure.  In October of 2017, she got married.  Unfortunately, she became a widow three short months later.

A few months after our son-in-law’s death, I mentioned to a friend that I missed Kelsey.  She said, “You’ve been missing her since she moved.’  I said, ‘That’s true but this missing is new…I miss when life wasn’t about death.  Everything we do now and talk about revolves around death.  I miss when we just texted or called to talk about nothing.”

I’ve thought about that conversation a lot.  I said I missed when life wasn’t about death but isn’t life always about death?  We can’t have one and not the other, and, as morbid as that sounds, it’s good for us to embrace.

We’ve evolved in knowledge and understanding as a human race but we’ve never been able to eliminate our death problem.  In some ways, I wish we could, but I know us, if we never had to know death, we wouldn’t bother knowing God.

Mary and Martha knew where to turn when their brother got sick.  Jesus could do anything.  He was their friend and Savior so they called on Him for help.  When Lazarus died before Jesus arrived, they thought it was over; they thought He was too late, but He was right on time.

For His glory.  This tiny, but humbling and powerful phrase goes through my mind all the time since I’ve tasted the death of someone dear.  We had plans and dreams, but God had something different in mind.  He’s always at work, drawing people to Himself.  He’s always about life…eternal life.  He wants all humankind to find the way to eternity.  His mission is paramount.  His timing is perfect.  His compassion is incomparable.  His love and salvation have the power to bring the dead to life.

Jesus said to Martha, “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.  Do you believe this?”

We die.  We can’t escape the coming end of our earthly life, but, through faith in Jesus, when our eyes close for the last time on earth, we will open them to see Jesus face to face.  And as my husband reminds me often…because of the promise and hope of Heaven that Jesus provides, we will have an immeasurable amount of time and memories on the other side with Him and our loved ones who put their faith in Him.  This beautifully and miraculously will totally overshadow the minuscule slice we get here on earth.

Shelly Eberly

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