Continuing with the short series of devotionals on John 11.
“When he heard this, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” – John 11:4
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” – John 11:25-26
In John 11 Lazarus did die from his sickness, but Jesus raised him to life again. Eventually, Lazarus died again–maybe many years later, we don’t know–but he physically died for a final time. But even the second time he died physically was not the end for Lazarus.
When Lazarus died on earth for the last time he was then “present with the Lord” and in “paradise” (2 Corinthians 5:8 and Philippians 1:23, Luke 23:43). He was free from his sinful and broken body and in the presence of Jesus and true life.
This is true for everyone who believes in Christ. Our story does not end in death. Not even close. Our physical death is the beginning of true life, life more abundant that we can imagine.
Whether you or someone you know is facing illness or tragedy of some kind, for those in Christ, it will not end in death. Even if physical death does occur, that is not the end. That is merely the last step toward being completely free and healed everlastingly.