There’s a difference between being raised from the dead and being resurrected. People who are raised from the dead must physically die again. Jesus raised the widow’s son from the dead, but that boy would one day have to die again (see Luke7:14-15). Jairus’s little daughter was dead and Jesus said, “Talitha cumi” which means “Damsel, I say unto thee, arise,” and the little girl came back to life (see Mark5:41-42 KJV). However, she would one day die again. Jesus even called Lazarus back, and he had been dead four days. Later, at a dinner with Jesus, Lazarus was in attendance and many people snooped around just to catch a glimpse of the guy who had been dead (see John 12:9). Still, Lazarus was going to physically die again one day.

            Oh, but resurrection is much different. Paul tells us and the saints atCorinth, “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.    For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 (NKJ).

            Jesus, the resurrected One, is the source of our resurrection. In fact, He even told that to Martha just before He raised her brother, Lazarus. Picture Him gently taking her face in His soon-to-be-nail-scarred hands, looking her directly in the eye, and saying, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” John11:25(NKJ).

           Some days it seems like there’s death all around us. Wars, job loss, financial reversal, domestic violence, terrorists attacks, cancer, school shootings—the list could go on and on. Still, because Jesus wasn’t just raised from the dead but was resurrected to die no more, we have hope beyond death. “In Christ,” the Word assures us, “all shall be made alive.” Although in truth, our death is coming, our true life comes directly on death’s heals. Thank God for Jesus!


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on September 18, 2011.

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