Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
John 11:25a Jesus said to her (Martha), “I am the resurrection and the life.”
As His friend, Lazarus, lay a corpse in a nearby tomb, Jesus made one of His boldest claims ever. It is significant that He mentioned resurrection before life.
Calvin noted the human race is plunged in spiritual death; no one can have life unless first risen from death. Jesus claimed He is the resurrection; He brings life out of death. He also claimed He is the life; He sustains life once it is given.
John 11:25b “The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.”
Humans are physical as well as spiritual. God provided for both. Our bodies will die due to sin, but shall live again through resurrection. Physical death is not the end. After it happens, life goes on. All who do not believe in Jesus shall be forever separated from Him. All who believe in Him will live forever with Him.
Here in verse 25, we heard the claim Jesus made. To see evidence that validated and proved His claim, we turn our attention to verse 33.
John 11:33-37 When Jesus saw her (Mary) crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, He was angry in His spirit and deeply moved. “Where have you put him?” He asked. “Lord,” they told Him, “come and see.” Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how He lov