Many times we unnecessarily complicate things. Unfortunately, the path to God through Christ is no exception. Thankfully, Jesus had a way of cutting through the non-essentials and boiling belief in Him down to the basics.
When Christ finally arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been dead four days. When He attempted to explain to Martha that her brother would yet live, she stated that she understood that Lazarus would rise again at the resurrection. In response to that correct declaration, Jesus answered…
“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
And there it is – the gospel in two sentences. As they stood in the presence of death, Jesus proclaimed that life was available beyond the grave; but, belief in Him would stand as the distinguishing factor. That’s the universal truth. Yet there’s a difference between knowing something is true for everyone vs. accepting it’s true for us. Therefore, Christ point-blank asked Martha, “Do YOU believe this?” Nobody else can answer that question for us; nor can we answer it for others.
Remember when presenting the gospel – keep is simple, and make it personal. –Dave
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