I Am the Resurrection and the Life

“In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.”

Her brother was dead.  The only One who could have saved Him had come – too late.  “If you had been here,” she said, “my brother would not have died.  And even now,” she added, “I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”  She knew He was more than a man.  She had believed He was the Christ, the Son of God.   She hardly dared hope.

Even when He told her Lazarus would rise again.  “I know that He will rise again,” she answered, “in the resurrection on the last day.”

But Jesus was more than even she understood.  He hadn’t come too late – He had come exactly when He meant to.  He had come at precisely the moment when His Father would be glorified the most.  “I am the resurrection and the life,” He told her.  “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?”

Throughout the book of John Jesus proclaimed His mission – to give life.  The one who believes has eternal life.  He came to give abundant life.  The one who believes will receive a well of water within themselves, springing up to eternal life.  The Father so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.

But He doesn’t just give life.  He is life.  He is God, the eternal, preexisting One.  He is the One who created all life from angels to the smallest bacterium.  Life Himself was laid in the manger on that night in Bethlehem.  Life Himself stepped into Bethany that day.  Life Himself died on the cross.

“But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.”

He was raised.  He conquered death.  “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Jesus is the resurrection.  Jesus is the life.  When Lazarus stepped out of the tomb, it was a picture of our own resurrection.  We were dead in our trespasses and sins, but now we are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.  By His body and blood – by His death and resurrection – we have a life to which we could never have attained and which we could never in all the world have deserved.

“Do you believe this?”

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