Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).
Jesus had heard that his good friend was sick, but instead of going to visit Lazarus, Jesus “stayed where he was for two more days”. He explained to his puzzled disciples that the sickness was “for God’s glory, that God’s Son may be glorified through it”. After Lazarus died, Jesus began a journey to Bethany, Lazarus’s home. Martha went out to meet Jesus. “If you had been here,” she said, “my brother would not have died”—such was her faith in Jesus’ power to heal. Jesus replied by assuring Martha that her brother would rise again. Martha responded again in faith: “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” At this point, Jesus makes his fifth “I Am” statement in John’s gospel: “I am the resurrection and the life.” He follows it with a call to faith: “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
When Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life,” he was claiming that there is no resurrection apart from Christ, and there is no eternal life apart from Christ. Believers in Jesus Christ will experience resurrection because, having the life Jesus gives, it is impossible for death to defeat them. It is this truth we teach as a Christian school – that true and eternal life is found only in Christ Jesus.
After presenting himself as the resurrection and the life, Jesus asks Martha an all-important question: “Do you believe this?” The question is one relevant to us – do you believe Jesus is the resurrection and the life? The cost of not believing is very tragic, but the joy, hope, peace and victory over death for those who believe is out-of-this world amazing.