The Death of Lazarus

Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.  Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  Believest thou this?  She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

John 11:23-27

This passage is encouraging to me.  Lazarus had died, and his friends and family were understandably upset.  Jesus told Martha in verse 23 that her brother would rise again.  She understood that he would indeed rise again in the last day at the resurrection.  Then Jesus said something that encourages me every time I look at it: “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

Martha was looking forward to the resurrection of the last day.  But Jesus said that He is the resurrection.  Martha was looking to a future resurrection when the Resurrection Himself was standing before her.  He is the resurrection and He is life.  “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”  Physical death is, as Psalm 23 tells us, but a shadow to the Christian.  Our Saviour has conquered death.  He is Life.  He is the Resurrection.

After telling Martha this, He asked her this question: “Believest thou this?”  He asks us the same question today.  Do we believe that He is the Life and the Resurrection?  Martha believed: “Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God…”  Do we believe?  Are we resting in this truth today?  We have the One Who is Life.  What an encouragement!

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