It offers hope in times of doubt, encouragement in times of trouble and peace that passeth all understanding in every situation.
When an individual is pursuing a God-given dream or desire it is the confidence that comes from a life fulfilled by Christ and His resurrection power that propels them into their destiny.
Sometimes, when a person has been hurt or abused, is overwhelmed by despair, or feels rejected or abandoned, their capacity to dream shrivels and dies.
Hope feels impossible.
Their will to live is gone.
A resurrection is necessary!
Lazarus died, and by the time Jesus reached His friends’ home, Lazarus’s body had already been buried.
Martha and Mary were in deep mourning for their brother.
But Martha had a hope…in Jesus:
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. (vs. 21 – 22)
Here Martha was asserting her own faith and hope in Jesus.
She knew that no power on earth could bring back her beloved brother…but that Jesus only had to “ask of God,” for His will to be accomplished.
And she was right; Jesus was able to raise Lazarus with His mighty command: “Lazarus, come forth.” (vs. 43)
Then Jesus gave credit where it was due: Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? (vs. 41)
“The glory of God,” is available for us to “see” and experience no matter where we are in life or what we are going through.
As we have faith in the miracle-working power of Christ to resurrect our spirits, our dreams, and our lives and believe, we too can “come forth” in victory, as Lazarus did — and as Jesus himself did soon after, on his own resurrection day.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (see Hebrews 13:8).
Through Him, the victory and hope of resurrection is yours today, too!
So look to Christ’s resurrection power to find hope and victory in every season of your life.
And remember – to God be the Glory!