I AM the Resurrection and the Life
Have you mourned properly? What kind of question is that? A terrible question and one I was recently asked. Is there actually a proper way to mourn? Doesn’t everyone do this differently? Death is something we can’t avoid, and when you lose someone you love it hurts on a level that one can only understand if they have lived the experience before. As I read this week’s I AM statement I keep thinking of the pain that Martha and Mary were experiencing when they knew they were going to lose their brother and if only Jesus would get there soon he could be healed. Knowing something could be done to avoid the pain and yet having to go through it anyway must have been so hard.
I can’t write this without crying because I know how they felt. It’s been 3 years since my grandmother passed away and yet I cannot bring myself to watch the video of her funeral that I refused to attend. Why couldn’t I go to a funeral for one of the people I cherished most on this earth? It was not because I didn’t care, or that I couldn’t get time off work or any reason other than I did not need to. I knew that I had done all I could when my Grandma Charlotte was here on earth to have a bond that could never be broken, a bond that death couldn’t sever. I knew at the end that she had a faith in Jesus that could never be shaken. I knew she was going to heaven and that one day because I believe in the power of the resurrection I will see her again.
Jesus tells Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.” (John 11:25-26 NLT)
Mary and Martha were not aware at the time that there was absolutely no reason to worry. They trusted Jesus to heal Lazarus when he was sick but not enough for him to be brought back to life. What a great lesson to learn. Jesus really is the resurrection and the life. He is truly capable of ANYTHING! Nothing is impossible. We may not be able to see those we have lost right now but as believers we can rest assured that if those dear ones believed in Jesus we will be together again.
Take some time to talk about loved ones you have lost, let each person share their favorite memory. Discuss how because we believe in Jesus a time will come when we will be with those loved ones again.
Form 2 teams of two people each. On each team pick one person to be Lazarus.
On “go,” have each team use one roll of toilet paper to wrap Lazarus. The first team to finish wrapping up Lazarus with the entire roll wins in round one. Have each Lazarus stand still until all are wrapped up.
Then call out, “Lazarus, come forth!” The first Lazarus to free him- or herself of all the toilet paper is the winner in round two.
Elementary Ministries Director