Bible Reading: John 11.25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.” John 11:25
What a powerful and profound claim. These words by Jesus are loving words because they meet our greatest need and give us that which is infinitely and eternally all satisfying.
Lazarus has been in the grave four days and then Jesus arrives. Martha meets Jesus and says if He would have been here he would not have died (11.20-21). Martha believed in Jesus’ power to heal. Jesus told Martha that Lazarus would rise again. Martha did not know that Jesus meant today that Lazarus would rise from the dead. She believed that Lazarus would “rise again in the resurrection on the last day”. The Old Testament speaks of this in places like Daniel 12.2, which says, “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.” Martha had probably read and even heard Jesus teach this. Then Jesus says this most profound truth: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” What was spoken of about the resurrection was pointing to Jesus. He has the power over sin, the enemy and death.
Jesus spoke of the resurrection in John 5.25 saying, “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live”. This is referring to those who are dead in their sin (Romans 3.23; Ephesians 2.1-3). They hear the truth about Jesus, the Son of God and they believe, as Romans 10.17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ”. This is not mere intellectual belief of facts about Jesus (just head knowledge), but faith that follows Jesus. And they are spiritually made alive – this is what it means to be saved, as one now is a follower of Jesus, submitting their life to Him, as those who have a new life in Christ. Then when the one who has faith in Jesus as their Savior and Lord physically dies their soul goes to be with God, but their body returns to the dust. Jesus then in John 5.28-29 speaks to the physical resurrection which is coming saying, “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds (who believed in Jesus) to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds (who reject Jesus, and do not submit their life to Him) to a resurrection of judgment.”
We believe Jesus is in heaven with God the Father right now and one day He will return and this physical resurrection will occur when the physically dead in Christ will be reunited with their bodies made anew and fit for the New Heaven and New Earth. Those who are in Christ alive at that time will go to be with Jesus too, but those who did not believe will be sent away to eternal condemnation.
So, Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Do you believe this? Martha responds in 11.27 with “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world”. Jesus then shows He is the resurrection and life with raising up Lazarus from the dead (John 11.43-44). This was the seventh and last of Jesus’ miraculous signs that John recorded, and it was the most powerful revelation of His true identity. It shows Jesus’ authority over humankind’s greatest and last enemy, which is death. This was an appetizer to His resurrection that was to come. Now Lazarus came to life only to die again later, as a mortal human being, but Jesus rose to never die again. He is alive!
The Apostle Paul says, “O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15.55-57). Let us walk in the power of the resurrection today.
Memory Verse: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.” John 11:25