Jesus Said "I am the resurrection and the life"
The Death of Lazarus:
(Read John 11:1-16)
Jesus enjoyed a special relationship with Lazarus and his sisters. This family provided friendship to Jesus in a world that was hostile to him. When Jesus heard about Lazarus sickness he waited two days longer to respond. God does all things well and his ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8). This is the last miracle Jesus did before His crucifixion and the highest point in His public ministry. Lazarus died and his body was buried. Jesus responded by saying that this sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God. Sometimes God permits sickness and death in order to reveal His glory. In this case raising Lazarus manifested the greater glory. Why Jesus who loves them delayed and allowed them to go through such difficulty? Because Jesus wants to reveal his compassion and power in a glorious way. David said, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted to learn His statues"(Psalm 119:71). God allows sufferings to warn us of our failures and wake us up from our spiritual slumber (Heb 12:11). It is for our good and for His glory (9: 3). God comforts us in our sufferings so that we can comfort others (2 Cor 1:3, 4). We are commanded to comfort one another (1 Thess 4:18). We should pray for those who suffer and be around them in their difficulty. God allows trials to bring us to maturity (Jam 1:2-4). God always has something better for us.
Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life”:
(Read John 11:17-27)
Martha and Mary questioned Jesus' decision to delay his visit. The delay is the hardest lesson to learn. God's plan often do not make sense to us at first time. He never yielded to human pressure but did all things according to Father's timetable. His timing always brings the best result. Jesus said Lazarus has fallen asleep. For believers death is often referred as sleep. When believers die, they enter into a restful conscious life in heaven (Phi 1:23). At last Jesus arrived the home He loved the most. He felt home there with His friends. Here Jesus did the greatest miracle of raising Lazarus. Jesus assured the grieving Martha that her brother will rise again. Jesus said to her "I am the resurrection and life. whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live" (10:25). This is His fifth "I AM" statement Jesus made. Martha and Mary would soon find this to be true. Death is not the last word in the Christian vocabulary. Christians may go through death but they will also experience resurrection when Christ returns (1 Cor 15: 54). When Jesus saw Mary weeping, He was deeply moved in His spirit and wept. Jesus grieved over result of sin in this fallen world. Jesus was willing to suffer emotionally and physically to deliver us from sin and death (Heb 2:14, 15; 5:7). He is our great high priest who can sympathize with us in our weaknesses (Heb 4:15, 16). Jesus identifies with us in our pain and loss. What a compassionate Savior! Do you know this great Savior?
If you believe you would see the Glory of God:
(Read John 11:28-44)
Jesus came to the tomb and ordered to roll away the stone. Jesus said to Martha "If you believe you would see the glory of God". World says, "Show us, then we believe". Christ said, "Believe, then you will see the glory of God". Jesus wanted that the people might believe that Father has sent him. With a loud voice Jesus said "Lazarus come forth". Lazarus came out still bound by the grave cloths (11:44). Jesus said, “Loose him, and let him go”. Here we see the picture of a believer made alive in Christ. We are saved but still bound by the grave cloth of sinful flesh. We need to be set free to serve the Lord. Only Christ is able to set us free from the penalty and power of sin (John 8:31, 32). The resurrection of Lazarus was only a preview of Jesus' power over sin and death. Christ's resurrection gives hope to all who have put their faith in Christ. Many believed in Jesus when they saw the miracle. Christ’s resurrection power is now working in every believer (Rom 8:10-11). Jewish leaders became angry and planned to kill Jesus. Caiaphas, the high priest said, "Jesus must die for the people, than for the whole nation be destroyed" (11:50). It was a prophecy that Christ would die for the entire nation. With this incident Christ removed Himself from the public view. People longed to see Jesus and wondered whether He would come to the feast. The God was working out his plan at all time. Do you know Christ as your Savior? Someone has said, “To believe Christ is to know God (John 8:19; 14:7). To see Christ is to see God (John 14:9). To receive Christ is to receive God (Mk 9:37). To honor Christ is to honor God (John 5:23). May God help my readers to have a personal relationship with Christ. Pray that God would increase your faith.