The Good Shepherd, Part 2 (John 11)

We’ve got to learn to live backwards. That is, we need to learn to live out of our future and not just out of our past. Most people are driven by the unalterable past into an unknowable future, but Jesus’s people can be pulled into the future by the call of the knowable – though always more than comprehensible – God.

People who are driven by the unalterable past are frequently filled with regrets over former days and fears over future ones. They are haunted by would-haves, could-haves, and should-haves and threatened by might-be and could-be possibilities. Only people who learn from Jesus how to live out of the future can be fully alive in the present

That future can be summed up in a word. No, it’s not “heaven”; it’s “resurrection.”

Jesus reveals himself to his friend Martha (and to us) as “The Resurrection and the Life.” To know him in this way is to transform our past, present, and future.

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