This meditation is Part 3 of a four-part series from the story of the raising of Lazarus from death. When Jesus reached Bethany where His good friend, Lazarus, lived, Lazarus had already died and his body placed in a tomb where it had been for four days.
Martha, one of the sisters of Lazarus, came to meet Jesus as He approached the tomb where Lazarus was buried. Martha told Jesus that Lazarus would not have died if Jesus had been there before he actually died. And the words in these verses were the response of Jesus to Martha’s grief-filled complaint.
For Jesus, the timing was inconsequential. It made no difference when a miracle occurred because there was power in His commands. His Words held the power to heal and to resurrect people. His Words held life, abundant life, eternal life!
But resurrection would have a greater impact on the faith of Jesus’ followers. If they could see Him speak life into dead Lazarus, then they would be more likely to believe that He could grant them everlating life.
So Jesus spoke what are undoubtedly the most powerful words ever spoken: “I am the resurrection and the life.”
Resurrection! Eternal Life!
These words are the answer to the longing of every human soul, the yearning of every human heart, the hope of every human life. You can live forever! Don’t worry about dying because you can live forever! Believe in Me and you will live forever…and ever!”
“We will all be changed in a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible and we will be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52, HCSB).
- Resurrection! Part 1: Pain Relief – John 11:4 (stevesbiblemeditations.com)
- Resurrection! Part 2: Just Let Him Die – John 11:5-7 (stevesbiblemeditations.com)