Do You Believe?
I remember an old story from when I was a child, The Little Red Hen. The hen is preparing to make bread. She asks for help with the grain, making flour, kneading dough and all the steps in making bread. All the ones she asked replied emphatically, “Not I!” No one was willing to help. This did not change her plan. She made the bread, and it must have smelled good! She asked who would help her eat the bread. Everyone wanted to help with that part of the task. But our bread-baking hen would have no part of that. She did not mince words when she let them know that because they refused to help with the grain, flour, and dough they would have no share of the bread. There was a condition attached to reward.
John 11 is home to one of my favorite stories in the Bible. There you will find the story of the resurrection of Jesus’ good friend Lazarus. We know Jesus could have healed Lazarus and prevented his death, but He chose not to. We know Jesus chose to let his friend die, but then he raised him from the grave. Before Jesus raised Lazarus, He said something to Lazarus’ sister, Martha. “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” Jesus is the resurrection, but to experience the resurrection requires belief. Do you believe?