“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die’” John 11:25-26
Resurrection is the final word.
When I was a student, I remember submitting a devotion for a Deaconess Hall evening worship to Professor Ed Schroeder for a “theology check”. We didn’t have spell check then and, while he said the devotion was satisfactory, he wrote at the top of the page in red ink: R E S U R R E C T I O N. I’d misspelled the key word in Jesus’ death and life story.
Christians proclaim that Jesus death on the cross was for the forgiveness of our sins; but Jesus didn’t stay dead. His Resurrection is the final word. For as He lives, we live as well. Because he lives, we can rest assured that our final word will not be death. It, too will be Resurrection.
Prayer: Gracious God we give you our thanks for giving us raising us to new life in the promise of resurrection. May we live that resurrected life through greater love for you and others. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Deaconess Jean Wildgrube, Rexford, NY