Jesus cried. He already knew. He is God, Omnicient God. Martha’s words ring true to every Christian who’s sat beside a dying loved one; praying, hoping, believing for a miracle.
Martha’s words pierce my soul even now. “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Martha had no idea the Lord was about to give her brother back in this life. Not too many have experienced seeing an earthly resurrection. I prayed for one with my mom’s passing. I believed with all my heart during the whole process. I knew Jesus could do anything because “things impossible with men are possible with God.” It did not happen.
Lazarus was given back to his sisters. There would come a day he had to die again.
My step mother; Ruby Setzer, died on December 27, 8:59 PM. She will only die once. Her last breath on earth was her first breath in heaven. Absent from the body, she is now present with the Lord. No more suffering or struggling to breathe. No more pain. She is forever with her Lord and Savior. Praise be to Jesus.
Revelation 21:8 tells us about the second death for non-believers. It’s one of the saddest verses found in our Bibles.
“But for the cowardly and [a]unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
The second verse in our passage today tells us; “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…” Hallelujah! When I see Ruby again; it will be in her glorified body. I will be in mine!
Let’s close today’s devotion with the doxology:
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father. Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.”