I am the resurrection and the life


Modified and re-posted below is a blog entry from a year ago:

Another in the series of seven metaphors related to the identity of Jesus Christ is found in John 11:25 (AMP), the Verse of the Day for December 7, 2015:

Jesus said to her, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, relies on) Me [as Savior] will live even if he dies;

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?” describe what transpired in that moving account:

Can you see Messiah weeping, weeping?
Messiah is weeping because of his dear friend.
On the fourth day Jesus came to Bethany
Where Lazarus was sleeping, sleeping.
His life had come to an end.
Then Jesus plainly said, Lazarus is dead, Lazarus 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 Lazarus, we shall arise.
Nevermore to die, nevermore to die.


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.”

Jesus Christ embodies in his resurrection, the ultimate triumph of life over death. As one translation of John 11:25 notes, “The whole power to restore, impart, and maintain life, resides in Me.” 1 Corinthians 15: 54 makes this powerful declaration: “Death is swallowed up (utterly vanquished forever) in and unto victory,” according to the Amp1lified Bible.

Gaither Vocal Band offers a song which expresses the ultimate the triumph of the “Resurrection”:

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3 Responses to “I am the resurrection and the life”

  1. JD Blom Says:

    I am reminded of the hope that we have in the reality that Jesus is the resurrection; “If the Spirit of him who raise Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Jesus Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” Rom. 8:11. Wonderful post!

    • Dr. J Says:

      Thank you so much for your comment. I read your comforting remarks shortly after learning that a beloved sister in the Lord had fallen asleep in Christ. I was deeply touched by your expression of the truth. Thank you so much for your encouragement.

      • JD Blom Says:

        I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I am glad my comment was encouraging in a difficult time. I just prayed for our Lord’s comfort to be upon you. God Bless! JD

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