This is a post I started writing a few years ago but stopped because I felt I didn’t have enough revelation on the subject at hand… The subject being immortality… I lost the original draft and normally I would just start where I left off but I’m going to have to start afresh… Let’s begin.
21 Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and EVERYONE WHO LIVES AND BELIEVES IN ME WILL NEVER DIE. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”
So Lazarus died and Mary, Martha, and all the peeps around are crying their eyes out. Jesus decides to finally stop by, even telling his disciples that it was GOOD that Lazarus died so that they would believe. Jesus, are you drunk!? He sees Martha, she basically says she believes in the resurrection to come at some latter date (like most Christians) and Jesus drops the bomb… “I AM the RESURRECTION and the LIFE…” That alone will take you places. He then says that if one lives and believes in Him he will never die… Wait, what? What do you mean Jesus? Oh yea, heaven… right?
You see, most people, when they hear about this kind of stuff respond the way Martha responded. Yes, you are the Christ, we will all be raised up in the last day, etc. etc. Unbelief. Cesspools of unbelief.
Martha had no clue who it was that she stood before. She spoke of a resurrection to come and yet she stood in front of the Resurrection. She spoke of a dead brother, telling Jesus that if He had been there he would not be alive, yet unknowingly she stood face to face with Life. She had eyes but did not see THE ONE who was in front of her. Do you have eyes and do not see, or have you been anointed with heavenly eye salve that you may see? I want us to get this… Christ is LIFE, and he is RESURRECTION! There is no death in Him! You that say that you are IN CHRIST (a bunny trail we’ll go down at a later point), where do you get your death from? Are you identifying in Adam or in Jesus Christ?
I hear this question in your head… “but are we not all appointed to die once, and then the judgement?” My response to you is this, have you not been crucified with Christ and judged righteous in HIM?
The problem is that we try to separate ourselves from Him, yet Paul says in his epistle to the Galatians, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” His death was our death, and He is our Life!
Okay you still have doubts, right? Go read Romans 6. Or John 17. Or John 15. Or the new testament. The point is that death no longer has reign over our lives. The law of the Spirit of LIFE has set me free from the law of sin and death. Oh death, where is your sting? Jesus took the sting for us, that we may LIVE!
Why immortality? Why live forever? Are we not gods? There is a passage in Isaiah that comes to mind…
17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind. 18 “But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing And her people for gladness. 19 “I will also rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people; And there will no longer be heard in her The voice of weeping and the sound of crying. 20 “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, Or an old man who does not live out his days; For the youth will die at the age of one hundred And the one who does not reach the age of one hundred Will be thought accursed. 21 “They will build houses and inhabit them; They will also plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 “They will not build and another inhabit, They will not plant and another eat; For as the lifetime of a tree, so will be the days of My people, And My chosen ones will wear out the work of their hands. 23 “They will not labor in vain, Or bear children for calamity; For they are the offspring of those blessed by the Lord, And their descendants with them.
This says a lot, but my focus is on the age expectancy. Their lifetime will be that of a tree. There are trees that live three thousand years, sometimes more. If you’re thinking we still have to die after those thousand years, I suggest you read about Enoch or consider what happened to John after his exile… or explore the reality of transfiguration…
I bring this up because I want us to stop letting this infestation of death keep going rampant around us. We are Life. That crap has no say over our lives, so let us forget the former things. Today, let us stand before Jesus the Messiah and behold the RESURRECTION and the LIFE.