I am the Resurrection and the Life

John 11:25 – Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

 

The context of this text is the death of Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha.  Jesus had purposely waited until Lazarus died to come to see him.  Jesus wanted the people of that day (and of our day) to understand that he is the resurrection and the life.  God wants us to understand that even after a person dies, they shall continue to live, because there is hope in the resurrection.  Jesus waited four days to go to Lazarus, that all would know for certain that he was dead.  When Christ gave instruction to remove the stone from the tomb, he was told that Lazarus stinks, because he has been dead four days ,and the body was beginning to decay.

 

Jesus states – I am the author or the cause of the resurrection.  It so depends on my power and will, that it may be said that I am the resurrection itself. This is a most expressive way of saying that the whole doctrine of the resurrection came from him, and the whole power to effect it was his.

 

Jesus states that he is able to raise men from the dead, not just in the resurrection of the just, but also at this present time.  Christ will raise Lazarus from the death as proof of his divinity, not just to pacify the sorrow of those he loves. 

 

Many people today believe that everybody who dies will find comfort after death.  This is not so.  There are many people that go to hell when they die.

·         Remember the story of the rich man and Lazarus.  The rich man did not find comfort after his death, but said, “I am tormented in this flame.”  He desired that Father Abraham would send Lazarus with a drop of water to place on his tongue because he was tormented in the flames of hell.  The rich man did not go to hell because he was rich, but because he failed to trust Jesus Christ during his lifetime.  He knew the gospel message because he requested that Father Abraham send Lazarus back to preach that everlasting gospel to his five brothers.  Lazarus did not go to heaven because he was poor, but because he trusted in Christ for eternal life. 

·         Remember Matthew 7:13 - Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 

·         Remember Matthew 7:21-23 - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  No person will enjoy the resurrection of everlasting life who depends on their works.  Only people who completely trust Christ and his righteousness will enjoy the resurrection of everlasting life.

 

I Corinthians 1:26-31 – For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.  We have nothing at all to brag about as far as our salvation or our hope in Christ is concerned.  We are not wise, nor are we might, or noble.  We are foolish, weak, base, and despised of this world, but God has chosen us to confound the mighty and confuse the wise.  Verse 30 confidently states that our hope is in Christ, whom God has made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.  I glory in the Lord, not in anything I have done.  My hope is in Christ Jesus and his shed blood, not in anything I have done.  Ephesians 2:9 states my salvation is “not of works, lest any man should boast”. 

 

Though he were dead, yet shall he live.  Faith does not save from temporal death; but although the believer, as others, will die a temporal death, yet he will hereafter have life. Even if he dies, he shall hereafter live.

 

I Thessalonians 4:13-18 – Christ wants all his children to have faith and confidence in him, and to not sorrow as others which have no hope.  Physical death will come to all, if Jesus does not take us out at the rapture of the saints, but Christ does not want us to despair, because our trust is in him, who is the resurrection and the life.  13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 181 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 

 

John 5:25 -  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.  It must be noted that when Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, he did not say with a loud voice “Come forth”.  He said with a loud voice “Lazarus, Come forth.”  If Christ had not called only Lazarus, all the dead in Christ would have come forth, because even though the believers have physically died, they are still sheep and they still hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.  John 10:27 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: