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Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life

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John 11:25,33-44

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

Our Credible Bible 5: What Scripture Says, God Says

Posted in Our Credible Bible

Our Credible Bible (Lesson 5)

What Scripture Says, God Says

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

One way to undermine the significance of any teaching is to say it is unimportant. This is how some skeptics try to undercut the doctrine of inerrancy. They say, since we do not have the original manuscripts, the doctrine itself is superfluous. This is the equivalent of saying God Himself evidently did not think the written Scriptures were very important.

This doctrine matters. It is essential to the life and success of Christianity. In all of redemption history, Holy Writ has been deemed vital. For 40 years, Levites carried in the Wilderness the tablets God wrote. What Old Testament prophets wrote was often a product of “Thus saith the Lord”.

In the early church, “Scripture says” and “God says” were one and the same thing. Luther, on trial at Worms, declared, “My conscience is captive to the Word of God.” John Wesley said, “At any price give me the book of God!” My Grandpa Marshall called it “The Book”, as if no other books were worth comparing to it.

No questioning of the authority of Scripture has ever had a positive impact on God’s people. Whenever Israel strayed from God, they always strayed first from His word. Whenever they returned to God, they first returned to His Word.

I rejoice at calls to prayer for revival I hear in our day, but am appalled at the d