“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life
(Please read John 11:25-26)
The words of our text have helped bring healing and comfort to multitudes of people as they were read over millions of graves. His declaration, “I am the resurrection and the life” meant that Jesus was (and is) God in human form. He went ahead to confirm the truth of his statement by raising Lazarus from the dead. That he could perform this miracle of resurrection for Lazarus is ample demonstration that he has the power to raise all the dead who ever lived throughout the ages of humanity.
Jesus did not say that physical death was abolished, but he made it a beginning instead of an end. Christians, of course, will still have to yield to this last demand of nature by dying. But because of Jesus we will begin a new, better, everlasting life.
The setting for these words was the conversation between Jesus and Martha, the sister of the man who had died. When Jesus comforted Martha with the words, “Your brother shall rise again,” she acknowledged that, yes, she knew that. And she must have received even greater comfort by his assurance, in our text, that “he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.”
This was not to say that believing in him guaranteed salvation. Many people believed in him but would not admit it. For example even some religious leaders would have confessed him except for their fear of being kicked out of the synagogue (John 12:42). Eternal life then is for those who believe in him and do his will. Surely the reward will be much greater than the cost.