One of the most hopeless scenes in the Bible is found in John 11. Jesus’ best friend, Lazarus, had died. Death was the greatest enemy of the ancient world. Everyone was afraid of death. Death could not be beaten.
By the time Jesus arrived there was open mourning, wailing, and despair. Both Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters said to Jesus, “If you had only been here this would not have happened.” Notice the words that Jesus said in John 11:25, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
Jesus didn’t say, “I can give you resurrection and life.” He said he was THE resurrection and life. When someone says, “I’m THE quarterback”, or “I’m THE singer”, or “I’m THE organizer”, they are saying no one else can do it like they can. Jesus was saying no one can give resurrection and life like him, so he gave himself the name, “THE Resurrection and THE Life.”
As you start 2013 are there dead places in your life? Places that don’t respond anymore? Are there dead places in your relationship with God? Dead places in your marriage? Ways of thinking that lead to death? Dead end habits? Are there areas that you’ve given up on a long time ago, areas in you that don’t respond – dead places?
Know today that Jesus is THE resurrection and THE life. He loves to turn funerals into parties, dead ends into new beginnings.
Notice Jesus didn’t say, “I am the resolution.” That’s what many are trying to do, or have already done. Resolutions don’t last. They’re like bandaids. They give us a temporary fix, but soon fall off. They don’t address the root of the problem. Jesus didn’t claim to be the resolution. He wants to do something completely new in your life this year.
Start 2013 off by opening your heart to him, exposing those dead places that you have long over looked. Ask him to come and bring his resurrection life to you. There is real hope for a new you in the new year.
Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”