I am the resurrection and the life

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Another in the series of seven metaphors related to the identity of Jesus Christ is found in John 11:25 (NLT), the Verse of the Day for December 7, 2014:

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

The context for this comparison is set with the beloved friend of Jesus, Lazarus, who has died. From this particular narrative comes the shortest verse in the King James Bible found in John 11: 35: “Jesus wept.” The lyrics to an original song “Can You See Messiah Weeping?” provide an account of what happened:

Can you see Messiah weeping, weeping?

Messiah is weeping because of his dear friend.

On the fourth day Jesus came to Bethany

where Lazurus was sleeping, sleeping.

His life had come to an end.

Then Jesus plainly said, Lazurus is dead, Lazurus is dead.

 

His sisters ran to him and cried

Had you been here he would not have died.

Had you been here he would not have died.

Jesus answered, and he said in this death God will be glorified,

In this death God will be glorified.

 

As Jesus told the sisters, so he speaks to us:

I am the resurrection and the life.

He that believes on me, though he dies,

Yet shall he also live.

Believe on me and you shall arise.

Believe on me and you shall arise.

Though we may die, we shall arise.

Like Lazurus, we shall arise.

Nevermore to die, nevermore to die.

Gotquestions.org commented on this situation:

When Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life,’ He was claiming to be the source of both. There is no resurrection apart from Christ, and there is no eternal life apart from Christ. Beyond that, Jesus was also making a statement concerning His divine nature. He does more than give life; He is life, and therefore death has no ultimate power over Him. Jesus confers this spiritual life on those who believe in Him, so that they share His triumph over death. Believers in Jesus Christ will experience the resurrection because having the life that Jesus gives makes it is impossible for death to defeat them.

Garden tomb

The photo is of the Garden Tomb, believed to the place where Jesus Christ was laid after his crucifixion. The empty tomb symbolizes that Jesus Christ is, indeed, the “resurrection and the life.”

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