Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.’ (John 11:25)
Jesus is the Lord of life. What does it mean to us that Jesus is the resurrection and the life? On the day before His crucifixion, Jesus told His disciples, “Because I live, you will live also” (John 14:19). After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His believers several times. By proving to them that He had risen from the dead, He gave them confidence in their own resurrection. Because Jesus arose from the dead, He has the power to raise us from the dead. This gives us hope for our own resurrection and eternal life.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
From the time a person believes in Jesus Christ, he embarks on a journey of faith. For the rest of his life, he lives with the hope that when his life comes to the end, he will enter heaven to be with God forever. In our life journey, while we walk the pilgrim pathway, we definitely want to think of returning to our heavenly home. We all know what the way is for returning to our heavenly home as Jesus said it very clearly in the Bible. The way to heaven is through Jesus Christ Himself. How do we walk on the way of Jesus?
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. (Daniel 6:10)
What was the first thing that Daniel did when heard the decree of King Darius ordering the death of any who petitions any god or man other than the king himself? He went home and prayed to God, thus disobeying the king’s decree. The Bible notes that he did this “as was his custom since early days”, indicating that this was not something new for Daniel to do. In fact, these thrice-daily prayers were his usual spiritual cultivation. And these prayers were so important to Daniel that he deemed them worth defying the king for, so important that they were worth dying for.
But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. (Exodus 11:7)
During the last of the ten plagues, Moses spoke boldly against Pharoah: the Lord will go into the midst of Egypt and kill all the firstborn in the land of Egypt. This plague was the climax to the story of God’s deliverance of His people, after the Egyptians had undergone lengthy suffering and before Pharoah finally cast the Israelites out of his land in devastation from the loss of his firstborn. At the end, the Lord had gained victory and displayed His majestic powers. The Lord had shown that He does make a difference between the Egyptians and those who He calls His own.
“So do you have any plans this weekend?” This is a common question we all hear as we get closer to the end of each week. When I was young, after hearing about all the fun and exciting things my friends had planned for the weekend, I would usually answer in a sheepish way, “Uh… no, not really,” and the conversation would move on without me. In reality, I always had something planned for the weekend – every week, my family and I go to church to keep the Sabbath day. But back then, I was afraid of telling my friends about it because I was afraid of being different, of standing out from the crowd. Nowadays though, if you ask me what I’m doing for the weekend, I’ll probably still say, “Nothing much.” But, I’ll also say, “I am going to church though!” What changed my mind?