5. I Am the Resurrection and the Life
I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live…” (John 11:25)
This is staggering.
This one of Jesus’ I am statements here goes far beyond simply promising eternal life to all who believe in him, though that’s certainly included.
When Jesus says that he is the resurrection and the life, he’s saying that explosive, resurrection power is found in him.
That he has mastery over death itself.
That all who believe in him will someday experience a bodily resurrection. Our eternal destiny is not as souls without bodies.
When Christ returns, we will receive new, glorious, imperishable resurrection bodies. Only Jesus Christ, the king of kings, has the power to make this happen.
It is Jesus who will make bring these words to pass:
For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:53-57).
Aren’t you overwhelmingly grateful that Jesus will give you a new, imperishable, immortal resurrection body? He truly is the resurrection and the life.