John 11:12-13 (NKJV)
12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.”
13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
Bible scholars refer often to the irony that John uses in his Gospel. I’m guessing that he may be using a little irony in today’s devotional verses.
When Jesus refers to the fact that Lazarus was “sleeping” the disciples thought he was speaking of physical sleep. In reality, what Jesus was referring to was Lazarus’ death. However, the irony is they were still correct.
We don’t really like to speak of death and so I’ll not belabor the point today; but the truth is, (in Christ), if we die we will get well—and not until then.
Remember, this world is not our home. The final word on justice comes after we “sleep”. In this life you may never be honored and recognized as you should; in this life you may never experience the “best”; in this life your steps may be made only in great pain and adversity; but never forget…when you sleep you will awake well.
- The ONE THING for today: I’m not punching tickets for a train ride to Heaven today—you still have a work to do; but when the time comes just know that, in Christ, a better life awaits upon awaking; make no final judgment until them.
1 Corinthians 15:54-58 (NLT)
54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
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