“I AM the Resurrection and the Life..” This profound statement was made to grieving Martha at the death of her brother Lazarus. The sisters, Mary and Martha, had sent word to Jesus that their brother, who Jesus loved, was ill. Jesus knew he would die before he arrived so he delayed his return 2 more days. By the time Jesus returned, Lazarus was already laid in the tomb and his body wrapped and spiced. When they heard that Jesus had arrived, Martha went out to meet him and said, Lazarus would not have died if you had been here. Jesus replied, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha being a good Jew believed in the resurrection of all dead at the end of time and said, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus’ reply to her is life changing. “25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Her reply reveals her true belief and knowledge of Jesus, 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” John 11:21-27
Martha believed that Jesus was God and could have saved Lazarus had He been there. However, Jesus’ meaning goes further when He says He is resurrection and faith in Him will lead to eternal life. To show Martha this truth, He had her take him to the tomb where they had laid Lazarus. Then Jesus had them roll the stone away and He called to Lazarus to come out of the tomb. Lazarus rose and staggered out of the tomb as he was bound in his burial clothes. Jesus commanded them to take off the grave clothes and let him go. The raising of Lazarus brought glory to God, showed Jesus’ power over life and death and foreshadowed His own ability to rise from the dead. His power was real and He truly was the resurrection and life to Lazarus, Mary and Martha.
This I AM statement by Jesus gives the believer hope in the future as we know our eternity will be with Jesus. It also gives assurance that belief in Jesus and His resurrection power will one day bring us to Him. Do you believe, like Martha, that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world, the Son of God? That belief was life changing for Mary, Martha and Lazarus and is for us too. Today, ponder the hope you have in the resurrected Christ and the assurance you have of eternity with Him. Be encouraged.