I Am: The Resurrection and the Life • Devotion #4: Life of Joy

Expectations are a tough thing. I know we all have had a situation in a job, family relationship, or friendship where we expected something from them and in our eyes, they let us down. This is the situation we find Martha in with Jesus when it comes to her sick brother Lazarus. Martha expected Jesus to heal her brother. When Jesus did not show up on her timing, her expectations led to disappointment. However, Jesus knew it was more important for Him to wait so that a greater truth could be taught to everyone who was there because of Lazarus’ death.

John 11:21-26 says, “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 from 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 on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?’”

Jesus uses this moment to teach the crowd an incredible spiritual truth. It is not long from this moment that Jesus will raise Lazarus from the dead, fully displaying the power that He has over death. Showing the crowd this miracle solidified what He had told them when He said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” What does that actually practically mean to us in our walk with Christ day to day? Jesus is “the Life.” He is the life inside our veins that keeps us moving day by day. Many Christians have wrong expectations about their walk with Christ that it should be easy and breezy each and every day. This is not what Scripture teaches, what it does teach is that even through the troubles of this life, we can still live a joy-filled life because of our belief in the One who is “the resurrection and the life.”

In 1 Peter 1:8-9, we read, “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Christians should be the most joy-filled people in the world, unfortunately, most of the time we are some of the most miserable. We tend to be constantly focusing on our failures and our shortcomings instead of focusing on who Jesus is and the salvation of our souls. Peter says in his first letter that we should rejoice with joy that is inexpressible! That is how you can have an incredible life here on this Earth, by being filled with the joy of Christ that comes from understanding that He is our resurrection and our life! 

One of the most powerful witnesses to our fallen world is a Christian who still rejoices through their darkest trials. Jesus is not just our life for eternity, He is our life right now on this Earth. Honor God through your life, and enjoy the life that the Lord has given you. Use the tools He has given you to share His gospel, and rejoice with a joy that is inexpressible for the ways that He has blessed you and your family. I promise your whole countenance will be lifted when you find yourself recognizing that the Lord is our life. We were dead, and yet now we are alive through Him. Live joyfully in the Lord to show the world this incredible truth.

Office: 8393 E. Holly Rd. Holly, MI 48442 | 248.328.0490 |

Copyright © 2016 The River Church. All Rights Reserved.