It’s been said two things are certain in this life – death and taxes. We’re not going to talk about taxes. Nobody likes taxes. Of course nobody really likes death either. But as the author of the Book of Hebrews writes –
“It is appointed unto men once to die,
but after this the judgment.”
You might evade taxes for a time, but death is a certainty. Only two men escaped death in this life, Enoch and Elijah. Personally, I believe they may have to face it in the tribulation days as the two witnesses. Every other person ever born has died or will die – unless Jesus returns before that day. Even Jairus’ daughter, the widow’s son, and Lazarus faced death a second time after Jesus raised them back to life. Of course, when He raised them from the dead, each were still clothed in a flesh and blood body with its weaknesses.
In our “I Am” passage this week Jesus says,
“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?”
Those who witnessed and we who read the accounts of Jesus raising the dead have proof Jesus has power over life and death. Remember from last week’s posts concerning the Good Shepherd Jesus spoke of his own death and life when he said,
“No man taketh it from me,
but I lay it down of myself.
I have power to lay it down and
I have power to take it again…”
Jairus’ daughter had been dead for a very short time when Jesus raised her from the dead. The widow’s son had been dead long enough to have his body prepared for burial and be on the way to his tomb. Lazarus had been dead for four days. Decay surely had to be setting in as Martha remarked of the fact he would stink. Yet, Jesus spoke the word and he came out of the tomb. Jesus would be the only one to come out of the tomb with a new body, a glorified body. His resurrection proved his power over death. No one would ever have to suffer death again.
Our flesh must die in order to inherit the new body fit for our eternal soul. But the soul who believes in Jesus will never die. We step from this life into our eternal life where there will be no more death ever.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that heareth my word,
and believeth on him that sent me,
hath everlasting life,
and shall not come into condemnation:
but is passed from death unto life.” John 3:24
Jesus, who is the I Am the resurrection and the life, has bought our pass from death into life through his own death and resurrection. Because He lives, all who believe on him, live and never die. His word doesn’t say we will have everlasting life but that we have everlasting life.
Jesus is asking, “Do you believe this?”