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I AM the Resurrection and the Life

A New Recording: The Beautiful Garden of Prayer  

In John 11, we have the moving story of the resurrection of Lazarus, who with his sisters Mary and Martha were friends of Jesus. After hearing the news, Jesus waited two days to make the  journey from beyond Jordan to Bethany. When he arrived, Lazarus had been dead for four days and as Martha pointed out, “By this time, he stinks.” I believe that the delay was so that there could be no disputing that Lazarus was truly dead, thus giving God the glory for his resurrection. As Martha talked with Jesus, He told her that here brother would rise again.  She didn’t realize that Jesus meant that your brother will arise “now,“ but she affirmed that she knew he would rise again in the last day. 

Text: John 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 

We hear this text quite often at funerals and rightly so. However, the text also applies to our being regenerated when we believe on Jesus. The key to it all is believing on Him. First of all we must believe Who He is.  He is the great I Am who spoke to Moses from the fiery bush. He is the eternal self existent God, the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the beginning and the ending, who Is and Is To Come, the Almighty.  Some people only recognize His humanity but if  we think Him to be anything less that stated in Rev. 1:8, we are sadly missing the mark. 

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. 

John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am [he], ye shall die in your sins. 

Isaiah 43:10 Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. {no…: or, nothing formed of God} 


Text  John 11:27  She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. 

Once again, Jesus claimed the eternal unutterable name of God, I AM. It is to Martha’s credit that she, unlike the religionists of that day, understood and believed what He was saying. She replied, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who should come into the world.” In other words, “ I believe you when you say that you are the eternal Lord God Jehovah who has condescended in flesh to purchase my salvation.”  In other instances, religious men rejected the claims of Jesus and Jesus told them that by doing so, they would die in their sins. 

John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am [he], ye shall die in your sins. 

Everything hinges on being a believer. We must believe everything that is recorded of Jesus (Jn. 20:31) and every word that He has said.  His words are settled in heaven (Ps. 119.89), they are spirit and life (Jn. 6:63) and will never pass away (Mt. 5:18, 24:35). 

The proof that we have God’s word living in us is that we believe on Jesus. 

John 5:38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. 

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. 


Jesus promised us eternal life and this life starts when we accept Him. 

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: {power: or, the right, or, privilege} 


Because of our father Adam‘s sin, we all have an appointment with physical death, unless we are honored to meet Jesus in the rapture.  However, Jesus, the Lord from heaven, was made a life giving Spirit (1Cor. 15:45). When we are in Him we are a new creation, old things have passed away and all things have become new (2Cor. 5:17). If we go by the way of the grave, the time that we spend there will be but a small interlude in eternity. 

1Thesolonians  4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 

Believing involves repentance which is simply doing an about face and forsaking the things of our old life that was contrary to God’s word and will and determining in our hearts to follow Him to the utmost as He gives us the ability to do so. If our spiritual experience doesn’t produce a change in how we live, then it’s time for an examination of where we stand in Him. 

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 


Believing also involves obedience.  If we haven’t obeyed, we haven’t believed. Jesus said that the believer who was baptized would be saved (Mk. 16:16). There is no provision made for those who refuse baptism. 

We are promised the Holy Spirit if we have believed on Jesus. 

John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) 

John 4:14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 

Isaiah 44:3  For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: 


Text: John 11:26  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 

Believest thou this?  What and Whom we believe is of the utmost importance.  It is literally a matter of life and death. Some people believe in Buddha, some in Mohammad, others in Confucius. All of these died and are buried. Jesus came out of the grave by the power of the Spirit, becoming the first fruits of those who slept.  If His Spirit dwells in us, He will quicken our mortal bodies. At His appearing our mortal bodies will be changed to be like His glorious body and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. 

Our salvation depends on what we believe. The devil would love to steal the seed of the word of God from your heart, lest you believe and be saved. 

Luke 8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  


 
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"The idea that God will pardon a rebel who has not given up his rebellion is contrary both to the Scriptures and to common sense."  - A.W. Tozer 

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