By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Just before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He spoke these words 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" (John 11:25-26). When the stone was removed, Jesus commanded Lazarus to come out of the grave - and he did.
When you were dead in your sins, God called you by name. You were called to come out of your sins and to experience the power of the Resurrection.
Jesus also faced death, but God raised Him from the dead. It was not like Lazarus's resurrection, because Lazarus later died again.
The Bible says that Jesus died, was buried, was raised, and appeared numerous times after the Resurrection. Christ's tomb was empty then; it remains empty today. He is our risen Lord and Savior.
Even the Romans, with all their power, could not produce His body. The Jewish leaders, with all their hatred and bitterness toward Jesus, could not produce His body. And if the disciples stole His body, as some asserted, can you imagine the disciples' willingness to die for a hoax they themselves had perpetrated?
Instead, Jesus appeared to Mary and told her, "Go ... to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God'" (John 20:17).
Have you experienced the power of the resurrection? Are you living in triumph or defeat? Jesus conquered the grave, and you can also conquer eternal death - but only by placing your faith in Him. He sacrificially died on the cross for your sins and rose again, that you might spend eternity with Him.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for eternal life through grace by faith in Christ. May I live my life in the power of the resurrection. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57).