Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
John 11:20-27 (NKJV) Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."
Jesus asked Martha an important question: “Do you believe this?” It was the question that Jesus posed to Martha. It was a loaded question, asked under some very difficult circumstances. Martha’s brother, Lazarus, was dead and buried…those were the undisputed facts of the situation. But, in spite of the circumstances, in spite of the emotional trauma, in spite of the loss, in spite of the overwhelming darkness, Jesus ventured to ask a question that dealt with the issue of faith.
Real faith works in all situations, both when everything seems to be working out and when it seems as the fires of hell are burning against you. The implication of Jesus’ question was this: ln the clutches of a difficult circumstance is your faith intact? Do you still believe? Do you still trust in God? Life will always be in a state of flux. It brings joy and sorrow, wins and losses, victories and defeats, ups and downs…it is never completely stable or secure. But, what about your faith? Does it also ride the waves of life, or is your faith a rock, a rock based on THE ROCK?
Lazarus was dead and yet Jesus spoke words of hope: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live…” This is the bedrock of our faith. Faith has substance, it is tangible and real. Let me suggest that Jesus, the Rock of our Salvation is the substance of our faith. Not only did He speak words of hope, He then did what was considered impossible. He proved to be the resurrection and the life. He wept. He prayed. He called Lazarus out of the grave; and left behind an empty tomb.
So, how valid is your faith? Truth be known, not all faith is valid. What you believe matters. Who you believe in even matters more. I have put my faith in Christ Jesus. I believe in the One who raised people from the dead. I believe in the One who said that He is the resurrection and the life. I believe in the One who conquered death, hell and the grave. Jesus is my Rock!
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.