“Jesus is the resurrection…”

Jesus IS the resurrection… Our faith need not rest on anything other than Jesus, for He alone reveals the glory of The Father to us. We aren’t called to try and “figure God out” but instead to put our TRUST in Him by believing upon His son, Jesus. And not just once, but on a daily, minute-to-minute basis. There is much to be gained from meditating on what Jesus says in John 11:25: ” I am the resurrection and the life.” I encourage you in your prayer time to pray in the Spirit, and as it rises up from within you, begin to call upon the Name of Jesus and confess He is the resurrection and the life…speak out “resurrection power” as you are thinking on Him and allowing the Spirit to lead you and be filled. More times than I could count, I’ve often asked the Holy Spirit, “what’s on your heart” when I’ve been praying and immediately I will hear “resurrection power.” It’s not at all like it’s in my head or that I even remember I asked Him and heard it before countless times. I’ve meditated on His dunamis power for a number of years and there is much to be received in that as well. I’ve spoken and received His “resurrection power” as the words have come into my head from the Holy Spirit before, but something different was being awakened within me this morning as I allowed the Spirit to lead me in prayer. In my heart I connected to Jesus saying “I am the resurrection” and it came out of me over and over to say….”I am the resurrection”…”I am the resurrection.” It seemed every time I spoke it the influence of the Spirit on me grew stronger and stronger and I could sense The Lord had something in mind to reveal to me. The context of where this verse appears in the book of John is that Jesus has been told Lazarus is dead and he come to raise him from the dead, though the people did not understand that’s what he was coming to do. They didn’t even understand it when He plainly told him that’s what he was coming to do. They didn’t get it because though they believed He was the Christ, they didn’t fully conceive all of what that meant and really couldn’t have except by revelation from the Holy Spirit which they received after Jesus died and the Spirit came upon all who believed. [Jhn 11:11-16 NKJV] 11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” 12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 “And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” 16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” So we see in this passage above that first the disciples think Jesus is telling them Lazarus is sleeping and not dead, then he plainly tells them he is dead (having said prior He was going to wake him up) but their minds can’t even fathom what that looks like, so they don’t even think of him raising him from the dead right there on the spot as being a possibility, but instead Thomas’ mind connects to them all going to die with him and he is willing….there’s a whole sermon on this itself I believe — how man with his own ideas can get so far off track with even the best intentions – that’s where I believe many “religious” things are birthed…but that’s not where the Spirit was taking me this morning so that’s not what I want to focus on in this share…instead, let’s get back to “I am the resurrection and the life…” Jesus first identifies himself as “the resurrection and the life” to Martha in John 11:20-27: [Jhn 11:20-27 NKJV] 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 “But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” Once again, there is so much to gain from this passage of scripture and we can see by Martha’s response that she confesses Jesus as the Christ and that she believes in Him, but like Tomas, her mind can’t understand what Jesus is speaking to her in saying the he is the resurrection and the life. What is awesome though is rather than going down her own rabbit trail or trying to figure out on her own what Jesus is really saying here, she simply proclaims what she DOES KNOW to be true, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world” (John 11:27) Has God ever spoken something to you that you haven’t quite understood but you know it’s Him speaking to you? Has something in the bible ever jumped out at you […]