Hope for the Hurting
John 11: 25 (KJV)
25Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
It is noted, “Faith does not save from temporal death; but although the believer, as others, will die a temporal death, yet he will hereafter have life. Even if he dies, he shall hereafter live.”
The words ‘I am’ are very significant. Martha had stated the resurrection rather as a doctrine, a current tenet: Jesus states it as a fact, identified with His own person. He does not say, I raise the dead; I perform the resurrection, but I am the resurrection, In His own person, representing humanity, He exhibits man as immortal, but immortal only through union with Him.
Here Christ told the grieving family that He is the author or the cause of the resurrection. As observed and noted, this was signifying, that He was able of Himself to raise men from death to life, without asking it of His Father; and that He could do it now, as well as at the general resurrection; at which time Christ will be the efficient cause of it; and which will display both His omniscience and His omnipotence; as His resurrection is the earnest and pledge, and will be the model and exemplar of it. This is true of Christ, with regard to a spiritual resurrection, from a death of sin, to a life of grace; He is concerned both in the life itself, and in the resurrection to it: He is the meritorious and procuring cause of it; He died for His people, that they, being dead to sin, might live unto God, and unto righteousness: He is the author of it; He says unto them, when dead in sin, live; He speaks life into them: He commands it in them, and by his Spirit breathes into them the breath of spiritual life, and implants the principle of it in their souls; and He supports and maintains it by giving himself to them as the bread of life to feed upon, and by supplying them with grace continually; He Himself is their life; He lives in them, and their life is hid with Him. It is owing to His resurrection, that they are begotten again to a lively hope, or are quickened, that has a virtual influence upon it; and it is not only the cause, but the exemplar of it.
So in essence, Christ is saying, it depends on My power and will, that it may be said that I am the resurrection itself. This is a most expressive way of saying that the whole doctrine of the resurrection came from Him, and the whole power to do it was His. In a similar manner He is said to be made of God unto us “wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption,” 1 Corinthians 1:30.
In these words Christ says to us: there is in Me a life which, by dying, rises to its perfection; and therefore death is no more death, but resurrection to the fullness of life. In three ways this is true. In this lies the full explanation of Jesus’ words, “If a man keep my word, he shall never see death” (John 8:51). Such statements of Jesus never were intended to deny the necessity of physical death. This is one of the most beloved passages in all of the sacred Scriptures.
With this in mind, the saints of God can face death with confidence, knowing that one day, these bodies will live again. Let us learn this important lesson and the reality to whom this promise is made; namely, to them that believe in Christ Jesus, to them that consent to, and confide in him, as the only Mediator of reconciliation and of intercourse between God and man; that receive the record God has given in his word concerning his Son; who sincerely comply with it, and answer all the great and gracious intentions of it. Both the promise and the conditions are further explained in the next verse. John 1:4. As the resurrection of all depends on him, he intimated that it was not indispensable that it should be deferred to the last day. Let us be of good cheer in knowing that He had power to do it now as well as then.
Have a great and godly day!