The Saints John 11:25-44

“Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

John 11:26


We live in a world that becomes more and more complex by the day; maybe this is an understatement to the reality of our culture. But God, in mercy and grace, has made at least our faith journey a bit simpler, if we allow the Word to come alive through our Lord Jesus Christ. The story of Mary and Martha in the Bible testifies to the simplicity of faith that calls us to believe, just believe. Believing is easier said than done for those who want answers to the unanswerable. The more we try to answer questions of life and death, the more we make our lives more difficult. The Christian faith comes down to the resurrection of Jesus Christ that we celebrate on Easter. Jesus calls us to believe, just believe that because he was raised from the dead, those who have lived in faith are celebrating eternal life when their mortal lives have come to an end. The saints we speak of and celebrate in our lives are those whose focus was on Christ and witnessed a joy to us that transcended explanation. There is no doubt when we lose someone to death, we grieve our human loss; it hurts. Martha came to Jesus when her brother Lazarus died expecting an explanation, but instead received an eternal affirmation that transcends any temporal explanation she sought. Jesus offered no explanation or platitude, but simply hope when he told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me though they die will live and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25,26) The saints are those who witnessed these words of hope to us; they will always be a part of our lives because they shared the gift they now realize. Jesus calls us to believe, just believe, and to have faith in the One who is beyond explanation. William How testified to our faith in our time of loss when he wrote, “O blest communion, fellowship divine, we feebly struggle they in glory shine; yet all are one, in [you], for all are [yours].” (“For All the Saints.” #711 UMH) For all the saints, O Lord we give you thanks; thanks for their lives they lived among us and their eternal live they now celebrate. Thank you Jesus.

Pastor Tom