Daily Living

Living the Future Today

Thoughts by Pastor Brad..

John 11:22-23 describes Jesus’ interaction with Martha after the death of her brother Lazarus stating; Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Oswald Chambers comments on this passage by saying; “Martha’s theology had its fulfillment in the future. But Jesus continued to attract and draw her in until her belief became an intimate possession. It then slowly emerged into a personal inheritance— “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ…”  Seventh-day Adventist Christians have a strong belief and focus on the second coming of Jesus and the last day events of prophecy.  I believe that we are living in the last days.  The resurrection of the righteous is near.  We must live that hope of the resurrection today in our faith.  Martha believed in the last day resurrection of the saints, but that faith needed to be in her present intimate possession in Christ.  Our theology and belief in last day events have no meaning and power without a personal and surrendered relationship with Jesus Christ.  The One who is coming to take us to heaven is the One who died on the Cross, rested on the Sabbath, and resurrected on the third day.  He is interceding as our Great High Priest today and we must cultivate our relationship with him so we can reach the lost for His kingdom.  Jesus responds to Martha in John 11:24 by saying; I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. Praise the Lord that Jesus is today the resurrection and the life.  We must allow Jesus to live His resurrection power every day in our lives.  God bless us as we live surrendered in the present and look forward to our glory in the future.