Re: Verse reading–John 11:17-44 (day three)
“This sickness will not end in death.” Jesus fulfilled all the roles of the redemptive work of God among his people: Prophet, Priest, King. But his statement is less a prophecy and more a promise. We will see people die; we will see their bodies stop working, we will have their funerals, and we will live life without them. But they themselves will not have known death. No one who counts on Jesus will ever see death. This pathogen-borne disease will not end in death. This mental illness will not end in death. This congenital problem will not end in death. This accident will not end in death. We will see death come for those we love, but what we understand as death will not end their lives. No one could ever have made this promise but Jesus.