“Again-Rising And Life” ( John 11:25, WYC ) by Carley Evans


English: Raising of Lazarus by Jesus

Jesus speaks in analogy or parable quite often, but before asking Lazarus to wake up from death and come out of the tomb, He tells Martha, Lazarus’ sister: “I am again rising and life; he that believeth in me, yea, though he be dead, he shall live.” Jesus does not tell Martha a story meant to represent something else; rather, He tells her the truth – that He is eternal; that, despite death, He lives forever; that, belief in Him results in this same eternal life.

Don’t you wonder how Jesus stays out of the pits where the lepers live? How is it no one throws Him in with those society hates? Well, yes, His neighbors do attempt toss Him over a cliff; but in general, especially today, Jesus is called “a great teacher.” A great teacher? Jesus is not a great teacher if He is not God. He claims to be God, the One and Only God. Jesus either tells us the truth – that He is God – or He’s crazy. Why does anyone listen to an insane man?

Jesus gains the ears of modern theologians – who may or may not believe in His divinity –  because He demonstrates God’s glory and displays God’s power of “again-rising and life.”

“Living Hope” ( 1 Peter 1:3, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Likely you know already that God “begat us again into living hope” and that He accomplished this through “the again-rising of Jesus Christ from death.” Notice the focus of Peter’s words here – his words focus on the work of God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ. The power displayed in the resurrection of Jesus from death is the same power displayed in our birth into living hope.

Read it, ponder it, love the wondrous Word of God!

“Blessed be God, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which by his great mercy [which after his great mercy] begat us again into living hope, by the again-rising of Jesus Christ from death [by the again-rising of Jesus Christ from dead],”