She Loved Life

Based on:  John 11:25-26

Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, was dead and in the grave for four days when Jesus came to see Mary and Martha.  Mary and Martha needed comfort after the loss of their brother and Jesus had the greatest comfort anyone could ever give.  Before restoring life to his friend’s body, Jesus told Martha, "I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."

She loved life.  It was obvious to me as the family told me about this person they loved.  I could see her love of life in the description her family members gave of her and also in the joy that it brought those family members to simply share their memories of their mother, grandmother, or whatever their relationship was.

She enjoyed the simple things of this life that many people would just glance right over, from being a farm wife, to cooking and sewing, to card parties.  She especially enjoyed cooking for others and the more you ate the more she enjoyed it.  She loved life.

Later in life, however, problems with her vision and the collar used to support her neck prevented her from doing the things she loved, but she still loved life.  You see, she not only loved the life God gave her on this earth, but she also dearly loved the life God gave her at her baptism.  The life she had through faith in Jesus as her Savior was the reason she could enjoy her life on this earth – she knew she would live with her Savior forever.  This life that began at her baptism is a life that she still enjoys even now as we speak. 

All of us, even as we are born into this world as living human beings are also dying human beings.  Right from the beginning of our life at we are dying from this disease called sin.  Because Adam and Eve disobeyed God and because we disobey God this disease will, without exception, one day claim our lives.  Not only will it claim this physical body, but without Christ it would also condemn us to the eternal death of hell.

Remember what Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life."  In the Old Testament whenever you touched something considered “unclean” you became unclean yourself, but with Jesus Christ whatever he touches becomes alive.  It is not possible to be connected to Jesus in faith and remain dead. 

While on the cross Jesus died the eternal death we deserved.  So, as Jesus says, "He who believes in me will live, even though he dies."  Even though her body remains here, her soul is with her Savior.  She has life now and she loves that life.

Jesus also said, "Whoever lives and believes in me will never die." Those who trust that Jesus is "the life" have eternal life even now.  For the believer, the death of the body is the way to that perfect life with Jesus. 

As Jesus said these words he also called himself "the resurrection".  He said, "I am the resurrection and the life" and then proceeded to raise his friend Lazarus from the dead.  He will also one day return for those who are his.  He will call to her just as he called to Lazarus, "Come out!"  And her body will come out of its grave and be reunited with her soul.  Her eyesight will be restored and her body made perfect.  Sin and death will no longer be a part of her body, and she will love life more fully than ever before. 

Praise God for the life she loves.  Through her faith in Christ she lives that life today in her heavenly home.

Amen.

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