I Am the Resurrection
“Jesus said to her, ‘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?’” (John 11: 25-26, NASB)
In this passage, Jesus explains to Martha that Lazarus will rise again. At first, she thinks He is saying Lazarus will rise again on the last day when Jesus returns. Jesus’ next statement is very profound. He says, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.” Several minutes later as Jesus approached the tomb, Scripture tells us that he was deeply moved in spirit and seeing the tomb He wept. I’m always moved by Jesus’ humanness. In sorrow and grief, He wept. Ignoring his grief, He entered the tomb and cried out, “Lazarus, come out.” Lazarus got up and came out.
As a Christian, I find great joy and comfort knowing that not only was Christ resurrected from death after the cross; He is resurrection and life for me and every Christian. In this passage, Jesus gives to Lazarus what He gives to all who believe in Him – resurrection and life. On the third day, Jesus rose from His tomb. His body complete with the scars from the wounds he suffered. Alive in heaven, He sits on the throne of grace at the right hand of God.
I’ve lost all fear of dying. Sometimes, I look forward to dying and going to heaven to see Jesus, the disciples and all the saints. I’m at peace knowing what He did it for Lazarus, He will do for me. He only had to command Lazarus to get up. Jesus paid a far greater price for me. He shed His blood and died at Calvary for my resurrection and eternal life! I will not let His sacrifice, death, or blood be wasted. I choose to believe in You, Jesus, and accept Your gift of eternal life. I encourage you to join me and simply believe in Jesus. Eternity in hell is a long time to have regrets.
Lord, thank You for Your Son Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. Jesus, I choose to believe in You. Help me to live a life that is a tribute to You and worthy of the price You paid for me on the cross. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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