Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"(John 11:25-26)
John reiterates this theme throughout his gospel . . . believe and live! It is a not simply a acknowledgement that Jesus is the Messiah. It is not just knowing that He is who He says He is. It is a heart-felt dedication . . . a deep commitment. . . an assurance that Jesus is Lord and Savior! If this is so, then one will have eternal life in Him and a hope for the future.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?(Romans 8:24)
Paul agrees with John: Hope for the believer is an assurance, not a guess or a pipe dream. As with all the "I Am" statements of Christ in the Gospel of John, we trust that Jesus is our basic need for life, our food, our light, our shelter, our guide, our connection, and our hope for the future!
Knowing Him personally gives us stength and confidence to carry on throughout difficult days and months, sometimes years. Knowing Christ makes the difference between giving up and going forward. It's the reason we get up to face a new day. Even though we know we face unknown struggles and unforseen circumstances, we trust that the Lord knows already and will be there with us.
Even when we face death, we know we have life . . . now that's confidence!
Do you believe?