DEVOTIONAL – DEC 10
GLIMSPE OF RESURRECTION
Leslie M. John
“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law” (1 Corinthians 15:54-56)
There was a woman, named Mary, who came to Jesus, when he sat for a meal in the house of Simon the leper, at Bethany. She opened an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard; broke open the box and poured on His head, the precious ointment, which was very expensive.
Some among those who saw the woman pouring the precious ointment on Jesus’ head spoke in indignation, saying she wasted the ointment, which was worth more than three hundred pence (roughly about $41.40). They murmured that the money could have been given to poor. Jesus perceived their thoughts and said poor are always with them, but He was not going to be with them physically always.
Commending her action that it signified His death and burial, He said she will be remembered wherever the gospel was preached. (Ref. Mark 14:4-9, John 11:2) Mary had a sister named Martha and a brother named Lazarus.
Once when Lazarus was sick Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus seeking His help. When Jesus heard about the sickness of Lazarus He said that the sickness in Lazarus was not unto death but it was for the glory of God, and that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Sickness could be the result of sin in a man, or for the glory of God.
After Jesus healing the man at the pool at Bethesda He saw the man in the temple and warned Him that he should not sin anymore; otherwise worse could happen to him. This shows that the sickness in that man was because of his sin, but in the case of Lazarus, and in another case, where a blind man restored, Jesus said that the sickness in them was for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
Even after hearing that Lazarus was sick Jesus stayed where He was and then left for Bethany after two days via Judea. When He was in Bethany it was already four days past since Lazarus was dead and was buried. Martha believed that Lazarus would rise in resurrection at the last day, but Jesus said to her that He was the resurrection, and the life, and whoever believed in Him, shall live.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25)
The departure of Lazarus from this earth was painful to Mary and Martha; however they were comforted greatly by Jesus who shared their grief, by weeping along with them, before showing the miracle.
“Jesus wept”. (John 11:35)
John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible. However, it brings out great truth about the humanity of Jesus. He wept and shared their grief. Jesus was fully divine and fully human when He was on this earth. Jesus raised Lazarus from his death.
Some people left the scene in unbelief, while many Jews believed in Jesus. It is evident that Lazarus was raised in his body only to die again, but when God the Father raised Jesus from the dead, His body did not see corruption, and He had the body which could pass closed doors, and appear and disappear at His will, at any place He desired to be instantaneously.
Apostle Paul by the revelation of Jesus Christ writes, in 1 Corinthians Chapter 15, about the death of believers and their resurrection. He writes that the bodies of dead in Christ shall be changed, in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, into incorruptible immortal bodies, when the “…Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord”. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
When the dead in Christ rise from the dead they sing…” O grave, where is thy victory?” and those who are caught up be meet the Lord in the air, will sing…” O death, where is thy sting?”