From The Grave Robber
Do you believe this?
After asserting his identity as the resurrection and the life, Jesus pops a point-blank question that punctuates Martha’s life: Do you believe this? Remember: Jesus hadn’t called Lazarus out of the tomb quite yet, so Martha was still in the depths of despair. Hope was four days dead. Yet Martha responds with her simple profession of faith:
One little yes can change your life.
One little yes can change your eternity.
The litmus test is the same now as it was then. The only question on God’s final exam is: Do you believe this? It’s not a multiple-choice question. It’s true or false. And it’s the most important question you’ll ever answer. That one decision will determine your eternal destiny. The good news is that it’s an open-book exam, and God reveals the right answer in Romans 10:9:
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the axis around which our faith revolves. When Jesus rose from the dead, it radically redefined reality. When he walked out of the tomb under his own power, the word impossible was removed from our vocabulary. The resurrection is the history-changer, the game-changer. But the trick is learning to live as if Jesus was crucified yesterday, rose from the dead today, and is coming back tomorrow!
The resurrection isn’t something we celebrate once a year by donning an Easter bonnet. It’s something we celebrate every day in every way. The resurrection of dead bodies is nothing short of miraculous, and the rematerialization of dead bodies when Christ returns is going to be must-see TV. But the resurrection miracles don’t stop there. God raises dreams from the dead. He resurrects dead relationships. And no matter what part of your personality has died at the hands of sin or suffering or Satan himself, the Grave Robber came to give you your life back!
No one had laughed or smiled since the day Lazarus was laid to rest. When he walked out of the tomb, no one could stop. This miracle is a snapshot of who Jesus is, what Jesus does. The Grave Robber steals back what the enemy has stolen. Then he gives it back to us, with interest.
A few years ago I had the privilege of baptizing a young woman whose life had been totally transformed by the grace of God. I’ll never forget Rachel’s face when she came back up out of the water. Pure joy! Rachel described it this way: Now I’m the person I was as a child, always smiling and laughing.
When Jesus died on the cross, Satan smiled. But the Grave Robber got the last laugh. He always does. And if you give him a chance, he’ll give you a second chance.
He will give you your smile back.
He will give you your laugh back.
He will give you your life back.
Do you believe this?
If you do, he will make the impossible possible.