BECAUSE HE LIVES…

“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? Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world”

Jn. 11:25-27(NIV)

Life here is ‘Zoe’, the resurrection life. Jesus says, “I Am Life Myself. I don’t’ give it. I Am it Myself”. This was one of the ‘I Am’ statements of Jesus. Again, He’s not saying I give life, He says, ‘I Am life’. He Himself is the focus of life. To know Him is to have it. “whoever continues to believe in Me will live right on even though he dies, and no person who continues to live and believe in Me will never die”. And this has to mean ‘die’ spiritually. Because Lazarus is dead, and He’s telling Martha, ‘…will never die’. So, obviously it means spiritual death. You’ll never lose your fellowship with God, that’s what He’s saying. “Do you believe this?” “Yes Lord”, she says. What a tremendous affirmation. She doesn’t say, ‘I believe in the resurrection of the dead’. She says, ‘I believe You are the Christ, the Son of God who has come into the world’. She makes that theological profession. The word ‘believe’ is in perfect tense which means, ‘I believe in the past, I continue to believe’. And the word ‘Christ’ is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew ‘Messiah’. What she’s saying is, ‘ I believe You’re the promised One, the Son of God that has come into the world’. She says, ‘I believe You’re the Old Testament One whose scepter will not depart from Judah…’ (Gen. 49:10), the Lily of the valley (Song of Solomon 2:1), the bright Morning Star (Rev. 22:16), the Promised One (2 Sam. 7:8-16), the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:8-12), that’s what she’s saying. Friend, how do you respond? Will you trust Him, the Author of Life, the Truth, the Resurrection and the Life?