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Jesus is the Resurrection and Life – John 11:25

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die’” – John 11:25

We all know that we only possess one nature and that is human nature. Part of our human nature is our sinful nature. Humanity is equated with sinfulness. It is part of our human nature to be sinful and as people who were created by God, we only possess one. However, on the other hand, Jesus Christ possessed two natures and those are human nature and divine nature. Now, let us focus on His divine nature. 

Nature is what makes something what it is that composed of many attributes that defines it. So, if it’s divine, then it has divine attributes too. As Jesus Christ is composed of two natures, then as someone who has a divine nature, He must also have divine attributes. So, our verse today shows and reveals to us that indeed He has one and indeed He is divine and He is God. 

This verse is the fifth “I Am” in the book of John which really shows that Jesus is divine because this is what God has been called since the old times. God introduced Himself always by using “I Am” which means absolute, necessary and external existence. Now, when we define nature, especially divine nature, we say that it will also show divine qualities in which this verse clearly shows it. Jesus declared that He is the resurrection and the life and that anyone who believes in Him will live even if they died. 

At that time, when people will hear about resurrection, they will think about the end times. So, when Jesus told Martha about this, she placed her trust into Jesus thinking that her brother will be alive again at the end times because it is what Jesus has promised them. Her trust and faith to Jesus placed on the fact and the belief that Jesus is the Messiah and that He is their salvation. 

However, Martha was able to trust Jesus as the Messiah and nothing more. She indeed believed that Jesus was the Savior that was promised since the time of Moses and that she really held Him highly. Yet, she failed to recognize the divine nature side of Jesus. So, through the death of Lazarus, Jesus has revealed to her His entirety and to teach her that He is not only a Savior but He is the God, the Son of the living God. He wants to declare in front of Martha that He is eternal and that He is the same. Jesus revealed to Martha that it was Him who was with Moses, it is Him that is with them that time and it will be Him forever and ever. 

Raising someone from the dead is something only God can do, so when Martha saw that Jesus made Lazarus rise from the dead, her perception of Christ went from only being a Savior to God. She knows that Jesus Christ is not just only some prophets used to heal the sick and performed miracles but He is the God incarnate in which God has personally come to the world to save us from our sins. Though Martha has little faith towards Jesus Christ, God used that “mustard seed faith” to let her see that Jesus Christ is God. 

Therefore, just like Martha, we may have that small faith and that we may just see Jesus only as our Savior, we must also learn from Martha’s experience. We must understand that Jesus Christ is not only our Savior but He is also our God. It is very important for us to accept Him as our God too so that we will be able to fully understand also the depth of His salvation. It is very relevant for our salvation that Jesus is one hundred percent God because only God can indeed save us and only God who was made man that can break the bondage of sin and that can fulfill the law. 

This is why the book of John started with, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God,” because John wants us to see his full book in that lens. He wants us to see through that lens that Jesus is God since from the beginning and He became flesh and dwelt among us. Thus, indeed Christ is the resurrection and the life and to those believed in Him will live even though they die. Jesus literally meant this when He rose Lazarus from the dead because Jesus is the God of the living and the dead. He can do all things! Also, in the context of the end times, this is also true because only through Him we can be alive and we can have our eternal life. Even if we die, we will rise again with Him and live with Him in paradise. 

So, like Martha, we know that we only have that small faith in our hearts. We sometimes doubt Jesus’ existence and His power but God will always make sure that our doubts will be turned to his appointment to prove that He is indeed God and He is alive and present at all times. Our mustard-seed-like faith will always be God’s avenue to make us grow into the full knowledge and wisdom of His mystery. 

May we always hold on to that faith and let God increase and renew us. Let us always remember that Jesus is indeed God and that He is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. We must always remember that everyone who will believe in Him will be saved and will be alive again. May we always put that in our mind and hearts and let Jesus control our lives. Let us make Jesus as our Savior and our God. In His name we will ask for everything and in His name, we will be saved and have eternal life. Amen  and amen.

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