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'Believe in Me and ye shall never die'

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For this special time of Lent, let us reflect on what the Lord told Martha minutes before he called out Lazarus to rise from the dead: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall have life. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…”

Do you believe this?

We hem and haw when confronted by this question. We say, “Yes…but, well, I am not much into that religious stuff. And then we dodge the bullet and seek the escape route with a defying statement, “besides, spirituality is a personal matter.” We are lukewarm if we do that, and God’s word says He will “spit us out.” We just have to be hot or cold when dealing with God.

Back up again to John 11:25. The Lord was asking Martha, “Do you believe this?”

Unlike a lot of us, Martha was hot. She answered, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world (John 11:27).” What happened? The world witnessed one of the greatest miracles ever – the raising of Lazarus of Bethany from the dead. The Church leaders during that time were threatened; the Roman rulers were shaken. They killed our Lord. But, on the third day, as the Scriptures had it, Jesus the Christ rose again.

And that is why Christians celebrate Easter Sunday, the anniversary of Jesus’ resurrection. The funny thing is how Easter generates different responses from Christian believers. Some do it with eggs; others do it with flagellations, crucifixions and all sorts of funky, if blasphemous religious practices.

An old Polish legend blended folklore and Christian beliefs and firmly attached the egg to the Easter celebration. It tells of the time when Mary, “the mother of Jesus,” gave eggs to the Roman soldiers at the foot of the Cross. She implored them to be less cruel and, as she wept, her tears fell upon the eggs, spotting them with brilliant colors. Polish believers, by the way, are known for their strong Marian devotion.

Enough with Easter eggs and Holy Week follies, enough with our own designs; God’s perfect plan is already in place. And, unlike us, God does not change His plan because everything He does is perfect. Now, think about it.

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