True North

with Dr Jim Brown


One thing is certain in life … it will end someday.  We all know this but do everything we can to postpone it.  For instance, in our cars we’ve created air-bags, seat-belts, children’s car seats and now all kinds of electronics that keep us “in-lane” and wake us up if we stray.  All good, no problem with that.

But Followers of Christ have the bonus benefit of not needing to FEAR death.

The verses above are from John 11 and were spoken by Jesus at the graveside of his close friend Lazarus.  Mary and Martha and other friends were mourning the loss of their brother (or friend).  Four days earlier, Jesus got the message that Lazarus was VERY sick and although only 2 miles away, delayed his going to see Lazarus until he was sure his friend had died.  When he arrives, Martha is upset at his tardiness.  “If you had come, he would not have died!”

BUT, this was Jesus’ plan in order to show his power and have people glorify God the Father!

“Lazarus, come out” were the only words Jesus needed. 
And then, to the amazement of everyone there, Lazarus hopped out of the tomb with death clothes still wrapped around him!

Jesus asked Martha a vital question before he raised Lazarus from the dead as recorded by John in 11:25-26  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies.  Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 

That question is one for YOU to answer too.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that I need not FEAR death.  Psalm 23 reminds us “yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.”  “Lord I do believe, help me my unbelief!”  Amen.