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 off the page and into your heart that you know God was personally speaking to you, but you couldn’t quite grasp it?
IT IS NOT FOR US TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT WHAT GOD IS SAYING TO US!!! THIS IS WHAT BIRTHS RELIGIOUS IDEAS AND TAKES US DOWN THE WRONG PATH! If it were up to Tomas to lead the disciples that day, they would have all been dead along with Lazarus. Praise God for Jesus who is the head of His body!
Instead, when God is revealing Himself to us, just as Jesus was revealing Himself to Martha that day, and we don’t quite “get it” we should rest our faith in what we DO KNOW and that is Jesus. Jesus IS the way, He IS the truth, He is the life, and He IS the resurrection. She confesses Jesus — she declares He is the Christ and she lets her faith rest there…which positions her to soon SEE Him reveal Himself to her in His glory (in the full manifestation). He wasn’t telling her something for her to try and figure it out…instead, He was about to reveal Himself to her by SHOWING her Himself in a greater way…her child-like faith in Him alone enabled her to have a front row seat to what He was about to do in raising her brother from the dead!
What I love about this is that it was with Martha He was having this personal, intimate time of revealing of Himself…Martha who was NOT the one who had regularly been sitting at His feet – that was her sister Mary. This passage below speaks to us about Martha’s disposition in life at the time she was first encountering Jesus:
Luke 10:40-41 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;…42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Martha was a woman who was “worried and bothered about so many things”….she was a believer…she was a servant of Christ…but she wasn’t often sitting at His feet and partaking in truly allowing the Lord to reveal Himself to her…instead she was perhaps thinking about this and that and this and that and what should be done next and how to do it and how she wished someone else would help her! She didn’t see the value in sitting at Jesus’ feet. She thought her own works were more important. And she even would have taken others away from sitting at Jesus’ feet to join her in her works. Yuck, yuck, yuck. There is no condemnation for any of us in Christ; instead just that our eyes be opened to truth – to Jesus!
Jesus ALONE is who our faith is to rest in. When we don’t understand – Jesus! When we do understand – Jesus! When God speaks – Jesus! It is when our faith rests on Jesus alone that we SEE miracles! Just like even Martha saw a miracle that day and received her brother back from the dead!
Our part isn’t to try and figure out God, as if our figuring Him out will reveal His power and glory on this earth. Our part is is simply to declare Jesus is the Christ and that we believe upon Him!
In 1 Corinthians 2:5 Paul says: “your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
God’s power is not revealed through our “figuring Him out” or through deep, intellectual studies of what we think God was saying or wasn’t saying. His power is not revealed in us trying to interpret the dreams and visions He’s given us as He has spoken into our heart. His power was revealed and continues to be revealed to us in Christ.
[Jhn 11:25 NKJV] 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
Praise to you Jesus! You are the resurrection and the life! Let all who agree say “I agree and believe that Jesus is the resurrection and life.” Jesus, you are the resurrection and life to the dead, to the weary, to the dry bones, to those caught up in worrying about many things, you are the resurrection and the life to ALL who believe in you.
I pray a fresh anointing be upon us your people as we meditate on you, Jesus and see you as our resurrection and life every day in all things and for all those we pray for.
Resurrection = G386 in Strong’s Concordance:
ἀνάστασις anastasis an-as’-tas-is
From G450; a standing up again, that is, (literally) a resurrection from death (individual, general or by implication (its author)), or (figuratively) a (moral) recovery(of spiritual truth): – raised to life again, resurrection, rise from the dead, that should rise, rising again.
Total KJV occurrences: 42
Look up at the definition and see “its author” Jesus is the author of resurrection, He IS resurrection. He is recovery of spiritual truth. Wherever you’ve lost it, He’s got it recovered for you! The truth is in Him. You don’t have to figure out how to make things right or get back on track; you just need to turn to Him and believe He is the Christ and that your resurrection from the dead (spiritually or physically and in any area) will be found in Him.
As I considered what might have been going on inside of Jesus when He wept at Lazarus’ tomb…perhaps it was that He had so much more He desired to reveal to the people about Himself that was beyond what they could receive. I could hear His heart cry out:
I AM the resurrection. I am its author. I am the first born of the dead and came to life from the dead. I am life that was birthed and came to existence from that which was dead spiritually. I rule over death. Death has no hold on me…it was my first victory and it will be my last. It’s how I came into this world and how I will go out….I was resurrected as a child in my mother’s womb and I will be resurrected as a man into my father’s hands. Luke 23:46
Praise you Jesus! We believe you are the Christ! Have your way oh Lord in our lives and shine your glory for all to see!