17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles[a] from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
The next time you are at a funeral you need to reflect clearly on the fact that you are being told a half-dozen things; all at once and you need to ask yourself, “What voice am I going to listen to?”
A closed wooden box and a grave say that life is over. God help you, you might have friends and family that talk about the deceased like they are in the box, or under the stone.
You will have others who tell you your loved ones are playing guardian angel: they are watching you weep and are helplessly protecting you from traffic, and foul weather and bad luck.
There are many deceiving spirits who tell you that your hope in resurrection is poorly placed. This life is all there is and when you die you return to dust and are no more.
If we are all free to choose what we believe, I choose to believe the one who says, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even though he (or she) dies.” I believe the one who called the universe into being by the authority of his word. I believe the one who tells the sea to be quiet and the one who calls the dead back. This one will call every faithful one who has ever died and wake them from sleep, to an everlasting life.
I Will Rise by Zoe Worship