Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Toward the close of the century, the unbelievable happened. The Berlin Wall crumbled and is now merely a memory. Many can still visualize the East German guards and their attack dogs. These memories will lives for a long time to come.
What is not known is that out of the 6,500 guard dogs that were used on the wall, only 1,000 were actually trained to attack. The other 5,500 guard dogs were suitable as pets, and that is what each and everyone eventually became. No one knew which dogs were vicious and which were not. So, they were all considered dangerous – a tremendously feared symbol of the wall and enslavement.
The things we often fear are truly unworthy of our concern. Fear gobbles up spiritual energy and misdirects our lives. We must come to understand that there is no fear in love, but “perfect love drives out fear.” (1 John 4:18)
Jesus said, “but take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) He not only has overcome the world, but he has overcome death. His proclamation to one who inquired about faith:
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
To draw close to Jesus is to discern God’s will in all things and not to be overcome by earthly fears.
Alleluia, Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Reflection from “Reflections on the Run,” copyright © 1994 by Charles B. Fulton Jr., second edition, 2001
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.