Read: John 11:17-44

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (vv. 25-26 NIV)

The first step in getting my insurance to pay for the special equipment I use every day is to run to the doctor and have him state that my cerebral palsy remains permanent. Having to do this used to bother me because it indicates there is no hope. Reading Scripture helped me to understand that with Jesus, even our worst diagnoses are temporary.

Mary thought she was going to have to live without her brother after his death. Her assumption changed when Jesus came on the scene. Instead of leaving Lazarus in the grave, he raised him back to life. When Jesus gets involved, not even death is final.

While it’s true that some things in life are permanent, I am grateful that with Jesus nothing bad lasts forever. He who raised the dead has the power to make the permanent temporary. The one who is the resurrection and the life has the authority to heal relationships that would otherwise be permanently broken. Even death is not forever; the people who die knowing the Lord will live in heaven. Our illnesses and the disabilities that are a nuisance in this life will be a distant memory after spending eternity in glory. With Jesus, nothing negative is permanent because of our relationship with him. —Steve Laman

As you pray, praise Jesus that he has the power to make the permanent temporary.