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I am the Resurrection and the Life!
“I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25-26). Jesus gives this “I Am” statement to Martha, the sister of Lazarus, who has died. She had sent for Jesus when Lazarus was ill, but he did not arrive in Bethany until after Lazarus had died. She hears that he is drawing near and goes out to meet him. When she meets Jesus, we can hear a little breath of momentary bitterness in her voice shaped by her sorrow at the loss of her beloved brother. She says, “If you had been here my brother would not have died” (verse 21). Then you hear her faith and hope in Jesus rising up above her sorrow as she says, “But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you” (verse 22). And the dialogue continues between them: Jesus says, “Your brother will rise. Martha said to him, ‘I know he will rise, in the resurrections on the last day” (verses 23-24). She shows her depth of faith in the idea of of the Last Day and the hoped for resurrection here. But, then, Jesus puts a whole new idea into her head, and ours, when he tells her that “I Am the resurrection and the life.” With that “I Am” statement we have come, along with Martha, face to face with the reality of who Jesus is. He is the I Am Who Is from the beginning. Through him all things came to be (see John 1:2-3). He is, at once, the Ground of Being, and the Savior. Only he could make such a statement as, “I AM the resurrection and the life.”…