August 31, 2019 by directorfsm
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (John 11:25 KJV):
Le dijo Jesús: Yo soy la resurrección y la vida; el que cree en mí, aunque esté muerto, vivirá. (RVR 1960)
Today we look at the fifth of seven “I AM” statements in our series made by Jesus in the Gospel of John.
Yesterday, we concluded that Jesus was in fact the Good Shepherd, the one who is both willing to and able to (qualified) to lead, guide and protect his flock (church. He set the example for all Pastors and elders to come.
Today’s verse is, in my opinion, the cornerstone of the Gospel and our Faith. Before we dig into the verse let me try and explain that a bit. Some claim Jesus was just a really great pious man, some a great prophet, and all these deny His divinity. So what does His divinity and more importantly His ability to take away the sins of the world hinge upon? His death, burial and resurrection. If Jesus is still in the ground, if He was stolen away by His disciples as some claim, He is not worth worship ping because He accomplished nothing. On the other hand if as the multitude of witnesses (both followers and non recorded) stated He truly has risen and conquered death, He holds the power over life (eternal) and death.
This is the key also to today’s verse. This is the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. If ya’ll remember Jesus is summoned to His dear friends side but delays going and Lazarus dies. By the time Jesus gets there He has been dead 4 days.
In v.21-22 we see Jesus being greeted by Martha, Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. This shows two things one Martha believed Jesus could preform great miracles v.21, and two she had great Faith v.22.
Verses 23 Jesus responds Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
Not understanding what Jesus means Martha still responds v.24 with a deep understanding of biblical eschatology, Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
Now we get to our text v.25 and as usual Jesus throws a curve ball (I mean no disrespect in that analogy) He gives an answer that folks do not anticipate. They were just talking about the resurrection of the dead and Jesus says, I am the resurrection. We are taught never to put into scripture what is not there, but I can imagine a confused look on Martha’s face at first.
Jesus continues v.25, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: That little phrase and the life as I noted earlier packs a significant doctrinal punch. Lazarus as we know later in the story rises from the dead, many others have over the years made claims of raising folks from the dead. SO WHAT! Not one, even if every story were true, (and most are totally bogus) paid the sin penalty “and the life” to go along with that resurrection. Only Christ Jesus fits that billing, only He made the claim and backed it up.
To be clear when Jesus says v.25, he that believeth in me, he is not talking some cursory belief. This is a full all in commitment that enables a person who was living a life doom to eternal damnation though he were dead, to be redeemed to eternal life yet shall he live:
It is the kind of belief and Faith shown by Martha we see here in verse 26-27 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.