23 “Your brother will rise again,” Jesus told her. 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am that resurrection and that life. The one believing in me, even if he dies, will live again. 26 “Everyone who is living and believing in me will certainly not die permanently. Do you believe this? ”
Lazarus’ resurrection would serve as a sign miracle, signifying that Jesus will be the one who raises the dead on the last day. What Jesus says to Martha is all about that resurrection day. There will be dead believers who are raised by Christ, and living believers who will avoid death altogether.
Jesus’ question to Martha is one we should all ponder. A faith without a resurrection is a hollow and dry faith. Faith in the Christ of the coming resurrection is vibrant, living, biblical faith.
Lord, we anxiously await your return, and the resurrection you promised.