vv. 25-26 Jesus said to [Martha], "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
As we near Easter this is a fundamental question for us. We are about to celebrate the resurrection and renew our belief in it. And the resurrection that we will celebrate is not only Jesus' resurrection long ago, but our own, and our own not only in the future but right now.
What is our resurrection "right now?" It is our hope right now that life triumphs over death, that we can live right now as if God is present with us despite all signs to the contrary. It is our commitment right now to being the triumph of life over death for others in our servant ministry. It is our confidence right now that life, our life, matters, and that we can trust God with it, again, no matter what.
We have all been witness to, or experienced ourselves, the worst that life can bring, seeming denials of these things we hold to be true, moments when death seems to have been victorious. Mary and Martha had experienced such a trial in the death of their brother, made worse by Jesus' seeming lack of concern (he did not rush to their side when they sent word that their brother was ill). Jesus "in spite of" question, "Do you believe [I am the resurrection and the life]?" was itself a trial of their faith. It is for ours a well. There's no getting around the "leap of faith" that they had to take and that we must as well. It all comes down to another question, "How much can we trust God?"
These are good questions to ponder as we make our final preparations to celebrate Easter.