“You don’t have to wait for the End.  I am, right now, Resurrection and Life.  The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live.  And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all.  Do you believe this?”   ~ John 11:25-26 (MSG)

I am, right now, Resurrection and Life.

Do I believe this?

A few months ago, my mom had suggested using this verse for a Lectio Divina group that we were facilitating.  I glanced at the verse.  Nope.  Definitely not.  This verse made me very, very nervous.

As soon as I nixed the verse for our group time, I knew that I needed to return and spend some extra time with it.  Why was I nervous?

What in me resists these words?  Maybe it is the word “believe.”  Maybe it is Jesus’ I AM statement.  Maybe I felt pressure to figure out the whats and abouts and hows of belief in Jesus.  The pressure for everything to make sense in my head and in my heart was too much.

I read through the verse again, taking time to sit with it for a while. The phrase: “I am, right now, Resurrection and Life” resonated in my heart.

Resurrection. Life.  Right now.  This is happening.

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