Death is Transformed

Would you rather be hit by the truck or by its shadow?

It was a quiet ride home. Everyone had tears in their eyes. Mom died and Dad was driving his young children home after the funeral.

As they drove along the road a truck drove past them. As it did, the sun cast a shadow over their car for a time. So, Dad asked his children, “Would you rather be hit by the truck or by its shadow?” The children responded with the obvious answer: “By the shadow.”

Death Loses Power

Dad then explained how Jesus transformed death for us. Right before raising his friend Lazarus from the dead, Jesus said this:

I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

John 11:25-26

Jesus said that he completely transformed death. It doesn’t mean we won’t face death, but he took its power away. Like the truck, its shadow may cover us, but we will never feel its impact. Jesus transformed death to serve as a door from life to life.

…And the Life

He’s referring to more than just the resurrection of the body. That will happen for all people. But Jesus here says, “I am the resurrection and the life.” He’s speaking of eternal life with Heavenly Father and he says we have this life by believing in him.

The message of Easter is not just that we will rise again. The empty tomb is proof that Jesus was our perfect substitute so that we could live eternally with Heavenly Father. Death is transformed. So, I go back to Jesus’ words. Do you believe this? If you do, you have life now and forever.


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