“I am the resurrection and the life, though he may die yet, he shall live.” - John 11:25 NKJV
The word “though” may not be exciting or grab your attention but, it’s very important in this passage. Jesus used the word to let us know that just because things look a certain way, does not mean that God cannot change the situation. There is a passage in Proverbs chapter three and verse 5 that says,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” - Proverbs 3:5
To better understand the use of the word “though”, let’s go to some other passages of scripture and see the ramifications of the word “though”.
If we look at David and Goliath, we see a great place to examine what the word “though” could mean. If you look at the passage we see that David was a small, young and scrawny teen when he and Goliath met. We also see that David had no military training, no military hardware and no military or battle experience. We can see that everything David lacked Goliath had. Goliath had military training, military equipment and military or battle experience. If we use the word “though” we could say that though David had no military or battle experience, no military equipment and no military training, he was victorious in his battle with Goliath. Though David was scrawny, small and young, he won against the larger Goliath. It’s pretty obvious that the word “though” has a very important meaning.
If we look at Joseph, we see another great place to examine what the word “though” could mean. If we look at the passage, we see that Joseph was thrown into a well and left for dead by his own brothers. Though Joseph was left for dead, he wasn’t. Though his own brothers threw him into a well, he had pity on them. Though Joseph had reason to be angry with his brothers, he showed mercy toward them.
If we go back to the passage that this blog started with, we see that Jesus used the word “though”. In other words, to our human eyes, someone may look dead, may be pronounced dead, may lay in a casket, may have mourners at a funeral service and may be buried in the ground, but that individual may also have eternal life in Christ. Things may look lost as in the case of David yet, God can make things equal and new. As humans we rely on our perceptions yet this passage is telling us that our perceptions may be completely wrong.
Jesus was beaten, spit upon and crucified. Jesus was pronounced dead. Jesus was buried yet, Jesus was resurrected. No one had ever survived crucifixion. In reality, no one, not even the strongest man, had ever survived being flogged forty times. The flesh from His back was literally pulled off. He had lost a great deal of blood. He had been beaten so badly that he was unrecognizable to those who knew Him best. The Roman guards wanted to make certain that He was dead. Jesus’ side was pierced with a spear to ensure that He was not breathing and could no longer feel pain. He was pronounced dead. It seemed as if all was lost. It seemed as if Jesus was no longer in the picture. It seemed to our human eye. It seemed to our human intellect. It seemed to our “science”.
The Roman guards believed it. Past experience had told them that no one escapes alive from the beating and crucifixion that Jesus had received.
“… though he may die, he shall live.”