Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live…” ~John 11:25
We are in week four of our bible journaling through Lent series, and I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed being intentional with my time and creativity. There is something relaxing about sitting down with my bible and art supplies and reading God’s word. It helps calm my anxiety and spend less time focused on myself.
This week’s devotion takes place in the book of John, Chapter 11. Jesus’ close friend Lazarus passed away and has been placed in a tomb for burial. Jesus informs his disciples that Lazarus has gone to sleep and they must return to the town of Bethany and wake him. The disciples argued that Lazarus would simply wake up, but Jesus meant that he would awake Lazarus from death.
Upon arriving in Bethany Jesus learned that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days (John 11:17). Martha, Lazarus’ sister tells Jesus that if he had only been there her brother would not have died, but she believes Jesus is the Christ and knows her brother will rise on the resurrection day (John 11:21, 24).
Jesus then informs Mary that HE IS the resurrection and the life. Jesus himself has the power to raise people from the dead and will also become the general resurrection. He will not only rise physically, but will also represent the spiritual resurrection, “Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25b-26).
When we come to know Christ and believe in his truth we are forgiven of our sins and are gifted with grace and truth. We must continually die to the earthly part of ourselves to take up the cause of Christ. He rewards us with a relationship through him and eternity in heaven.
The sacrifice we will celebrate in a few weeks is God’s ultimate gift to us. May we all remember this when we question God’s will for our lives and the responsibilities he’s given us.
I hope you enjoyed journaling this week’s verse. I’m discovering my love of hand lettering and continue to experiment with different letter types.
Below is a copy of our schedule. and links to the other devotions. I hope to see you back here next week! I’d also love to hear how you are enjoying journaling through Lent.