It was good to fellowship this past Resurrection Sunday with the beautiful people of Sand Creek Chapel Church.
Their Pastor Abdural Lee preached on a powerful interaction from John 11:25-26 where Martha says to Jesus,
“If You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
And Jesus responds,
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”
“Do you believe this?”
Pastor Lee shared an illustration of him being a barber.
People have seen Pastor Lee cut hair, so they come to him trusting that he can cut their hair.
But, they don’t trust him to fix their car because they’ve never seen him do that type of work.
Pastor Lee uses this to illustrate how Martha trusted Jesus to heal her brother because she’s known Him to heal. “But,” as Pastor Lee says, “she’s never seen Jesus raise anyone from the dead.”
At this point Pastor Lee asserts what Jesus asserts that He “is the resurrection and the life” and then poses the same question that Jesus poses to Martha from verse 26,
“Do you believe this?” [that Jesus is the resurrection and the life]
From there Pastor Lee prompted us to assess to what extent we trust Jesus and then challenged us to “trust Jesus all the way”.
There are things Jesus has said He will do even beyond the resurrection that we’ve never seen and may not see in our lifetime.
We cannot receive what Jesus offers unless we trust Jesus all the way.
I’ve written before that salvation requires pinhole accuracy. Only Jesus can do it. Only Jesus can get you there. Jesus alone is The Way.
The world offers many paths, many doors, many versions of Jesus even, but Jesus is THE Door. And, there is a very specific Jesus we must go through.
It’s the Door that you only find by believing Jesus all the way, only by the full embrace of believing the most unbelievable event in human history –the resurrection: that Jesus was the only begotten Son of God given by God to die for our sins and He was raised from the dead “with all power” (Matthew 28:18).
Only by believing Jesus all the way can we receive what He offers: salvation, fellowship with God and resurrection.
Believe Jesus. All the way.
Thank you Pastor Abdural Lee.