I AM the resurrection and life

The truth Jesus spoke was sometimes unpopular. In (John 10:31-39) the people wanted to stone him for blasphemy and even his followers sometimes thought his analogies were hard to understand (John 6:60). Probably the main difficulty for his listeners was the fact that all his ‘I am’ sayings pointed to him being the Christ. Jesus was publicly applying the divine name of God – and God’s authoritative presence – to himself. His claim in John 11:25 that he is ‘the resurrection and the life’ is no exception and is perhaps the most momentous, since the implications are so far-reaching. He was able to restore Lazarus’ dead body with a word of command, and he’s also able to give life eternal to anyone who believes in him. Stop and wonder afresh at the significance of this.

In John 11, we meet some characters who can inspire us as we follow Jesus. They were normal people with their own faults and failings, and this creates a story that is a beautiful illustration of God’s love for his people. We meet Mary and Martha. Mary is often remembered as the woman who poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet (John 12:1-8). She knew the life that Jesus had given her and so she sacrificed something that was incredibly precious and costly to show her love. Mary and Martha hosted Jesus in their home (Luke 10:38-42) and from them we learn that, by sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to Him, we can experience true life.

In John 11, we see how the sisters were distraught as their brother, Lazarus, who they lived with, had died. Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters and we see his compassion for them all in his actions. However, the way Jesus went about restoring Lazarus was not what many people may have expected. When Jesus heard Lazarus was sick, instead of running to heal him, he waited another two days, and by the time he arrived Lazarus had been dead for four days. Even Martha said that if Jesus had been there Lazarus wouldn’t have died (John 11:21). She knew that Jesus would have been able to heal her brother, but she did not know that what he was about to do was even greater. Jesus explained to Martha what he was going to do, saying, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will have life even if they die. And everyone who lives and believes in me will never die’ (John 11:25-26). Then he asked Martha, ‘Do you believe this?’ (v 26). Immediately, Martha understood Jesus’ power and authority and stated, ‘Yes, Lord. I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the One who was to come into the world’ (John 11:27). We can see Jesus’ love and compassion for Martha, and Martha’s faith in response to that love.

Jesus claimed that he was ‘the life’ – he is the only true way to life in all its fullness now and for eternity. He is also ‘the resurrection’ – even people, things, ideas and dreams that seem dead can be resurrected by our Father God, in Jesus. Not only did he bring life to Lazarus’ dead body all those years ago, but he still brings life today. Jesus is the author and the provider of life and that is what we are going to explore in this session.

This is taken from this study, Scripture Union Bible study.

Be blessed friend as you contemplate the life eternal you have in Him,

Vanessa

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