“I am the resurrection and the life.” These are the words of Jesus. Consider his claim. Consider his miracles. Consider his sacrifice on the cross for you. Just as Jesus rose from the dead in resurrection life, he offers resurrection life to you and to me…
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
A dear friend of the Lord Jesus fell ill and died. Lazarus passed away before Jesus could (or would) get to him to heal him. Jesus wanted to accomplish something greater by not making it in time.
When Martha says with confidence that her brother Lazarus would rise again in the resurrection at the last day, she was saying that she believed that God’s children would be resurrected – raised to life – into heaven at the end of time.
Jesus’ response was, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Like some of the other “I am” statements, Jesus is claiming that he is the one who offers that resurrection promise. He is the one who has authority over who is resurrected on that last day.
He goes on to say that it is faith in Jesus which determines whether we have that eternal resurrection life. Jesus is proclaiming his identity as Messiah, God Almighty.
If you know the story, Jesus goes on to raise Lazarus from the dead after he had been in the tomb for four days. His miracle was proof of his claim, and the people knew it. Soon after this, the religious leaders plotted against Jesus because they knew (vs. 48) that if they let him continue on like this everyone would believe in him.
Do you? Do you believe?
Eternal life may not be front of mind for many people. They are just trying to get through life today, without thinking much about what happens when we die. Well, that’s understandable. There is much to be concerned about now.
Eternity, though, is a much longer time. Our lives are a blink compared to how much time we will be alive in spirit in eternity. Jesus holds the keys to that time. He holds the authority to offer everlasting life in the presence of God for those who trust in him.
Consider Jesus’ statements. Consider his claim. Consider his miracles. Consider his sacrifice on the cross for you. Just as Jesus rose from the dead in resurrection life, he offers resurrection life to you and to me.
Believe upon Jesus today.