Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life

Posted in John, John 11

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

Jesus is the Bread of Life

Posted in John, John 6

John 6:4-11,32-35

Jesus is the Bread of Life

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

John 6:4-7 (Holman) Now the Passover, a Jewish festival, was near. Therefore, when Jesus looked up and noticed a huge crowd coming toward Him, He asked Philip, “Where will we buy bread so these people can eat?” He asked this to test him, for He Himself knew what He was going to do. Philip answered, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn’t be enough for each of them to have a little.”

Feeding the 5000 is one of Christ’s most famous miracles. Other than the resurrection of Jesus, it is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospels.

Luke says Jesus fed the 5000 near Bethsaida, Philip’s home. Since Philip knew the area well, it was natural for Jesus to direct His question toward him.

Philip had opportunity to express strong faith, but showed impatience with Jesus’ apparently unreasonable question. Robert Schuller said never say no if the impossible is suggested; lay it before God. He’ll let us know what to do or not do.

John 6:8-9 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him,

“There’s a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”

Andrew responded better than Philip did. Avoiding utter despair, he brought to Jesus a boy with five loaves and two fish. Andrew could also see the impossible, but at least