7487 - I Am the Ressurection & the Life

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God’s self-existence is assumed and established from the beginning of the Bible (Gen 1:1): “In the beginning God...” Note that God is only introduced.

One of those passages in which we see the self-existence of God very plainly is Exodus 3. God sent Moses to Pharaoh and to the Nation of Israel to tell them they would be freed. When Moses asks how he should respond to the question, “Who sent you?” God told him to say “I Am has sent me....I Am who I am.” This is an expression of underived existence. Nothing created God, for in essence to be created is to be subordinate to the creator. God has always been and will always be.

As Jesus Christ ministered, He uttered in the Greek language, thirty-six times an echo of this “I AM” from God. Twenty-three of these expressions are in the book of John. At times this was only an expression which mean “It is I,” but at other times Jesus was openly declaring His deity.

Seven times Jesus links “I Am” with vivid metaphors which picture who He is and what His unique role is in God’s master plan. These are:
• I am the bread of life. (Jn 6:35)
• I am the light of the world. (Jn 8:12)
• I am the gate or door of the sheepfold. (Jn 10:7)
• I am the good shepherd. (Jn 10:11)
• I am the resurrection and the life. (Jn 11:25)
• I am the way, the truth, and the life. (Jn 14:6)
• I am the true vine. (Jn 15:1)

In John, chapter 11, we read about the death of Lazarus. When Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, He found Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. Martha went to meet the approaching Jesus. Listen to the conversation which they had when they meet (John 11:21-27):

"Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."

Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

"Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."

Martha had matured in her faith and knowledge. She knew Jesus could have prevented the death of Lazarus. There’s no question about this in her mind. She is bold in talking with Christ, and she is open in her declaration, “God will give you whatever you ask.”

Jesus tells her that Lazarus will rise again. Perhaps she had not considered the possibility of Lazarus being raised right now, but she said, “I know he will rise again with all the saints at the resurrection on the last day.”

Now notice. Jesus says to this friend in the hearing of those who knew Him best: “I am the resurrection and the life.” Just think, I am the resurrection – that great event which the saints are anticipating in hope, is wrapped up in Jesus Christ. Prior to this, being raised to life was virtually unknown.

Only three resurrections are mentioned prior to this in the Bible. The resurrection of Jesus is called the firstborn from among the dead (Col 1:18).

The Bible says (1 Peter 1:3) “...In his great mercy [God] has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Jesus is declaring to Mary that the reality of resurrection is through Him – His work on the cross.

Again John 11:35 says: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” Notice He is also life. In Jesus a new dimension of life became a reality – abundant life. This is a quality of life, and its found in Jesus.

How does one acquire abundant life and resurrection? By believing in Jesus – His work and His character. Place your faith in Him and He gives you the gift of life, abundant and eternal.

If you’ve never done this, why not do it right now. Call out to Jesus.