I Am The Resurrection
Lazarus had just died and Martha, distraught in her grief, said to Jesus Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But, I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God God will give it thee.
Martha could not understand what Jesus was doing but exercised her belief in His power and relationship to the Father.
Jesus told Matha that her brother would rise and she acknowledged that he would in the resurrection at the last day. That is when Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life."
Jesus was showing that the resurrection was not just a last day event to come, but Himself. He is life. He would soon die and spend three days in the grave and live again. Providing the way of the latter resurrection. These grieving sisters, Martha and Mary, could not understand all of this.
When Jesus asked Martha to roll away the stone she objected for the stench. We can see her faith waver back and forth in this chapter, she wants to believe but doubts.
But, Jesus the Life-giver, calls Lazarus, come forth. Verse 44 "And he that was dead came forth"
A miracle...renewed hope.
A foreshadowing of Jesus sacrifice. Humanity, once dead in their sins, immortal only through the blood of Christ. Jesus is our source of life- physical, spiritual, and eternal.
Like Martha, does my faith waver back and forth? I know Jesus can do all things, but do I really know it? Do I believe he can save me, renew me, and give me eternal life?
You not only give life, You are Life. I ask You to dwell in my heart bringing resurrection and life to my being, filling me with spiritual understanding that I might live eternally with You. May I not only believe in You but believe You. Believe Your Words, by faith, and live.
Thank You for being my resurrection and life.