I AM The Resurrection & The Life
Review… John 11:1-45
Last week we learned…in our story.
Jesus referred to death for the believer as sleep.
This is such a WONDERFUL truth… For the believer death is just like going to sleep & waking up in the presence of the Lord.
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!
Tragically… for the unbeliever… (We learn in Luke 16)
To be absent from the body is to awake in HELL in torment.
God is a God who lets BAD things happen to GOOD people.
God NEVER allows His people to suffer needlessly!
20 Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went & 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.
Jesus had a different plan… that involved different timing… that would bring Him greater Glory!
22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
Deep Faith-Jesus I know that whatever You ask of God…
Suffering draws out of us a DEEPER FAITH.
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
The resurrection Jesus is talking about here is… Lazarus coming back to life! Jesus is about to raise Lazarus from the dead! Proving that He is Son of God / Messiah.
24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” ( Day of Reckoning )
Job 19:25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, & He shall stand at last on the earth; 26 After my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, 27 Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
Daniel 12:2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt.(disregard, disrespect)
John 5:28 The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, & those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
This is Jesus’ 5th I Am statement..
- John 6:35 I AM the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall NEVER hunger, & he who believes in Me shall NEVER thirst.
- John 8:12 I AM the light of the world. He who FOLLOWS Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.
- John 10:9 “Most assuredly, I say to you, I AM…THE door of the sheep. If anyone enters by Me, he will be SAVED.
- John 10:11 “I AM the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 27 My sheep … hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life
- John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I AM the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
John 11:26 And whoever… lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
(John 3:16, Romans 10:13, Matthew 10:32)
Whoever… lives and believes in Me shall never die.
We learn time and again in the N.T. that… Once YOU die your eternal state is SET and can NEVER be changed!
John 11:26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
The GOSPEL of Jesus always brings us to a DECISION!
Have you made a DECISION for Jesus?
Has that decision for Jesus CHANGED your life?
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.
It’s not BELIEVING that saves us…
It’s WHAT you BELIEVE in… that can SAVE you? (Chair)
John 11:27 She said to Him, Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.
In Matthew 16:15… Who do YOU say that I am?”
Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter (petros), and on this rock (Petra) I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Matthew 21:44 And whoever falls on this STONE will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.
Have you had a spiritual revelation of who Jesus is?
Have you said YES to Jesus? Yes Lord!
It’s while your living… that you have to make a decision?
It’s while you have breath in your lungs .. that you have to make a decision about Jesus …
Daniel 5:23 The God who holds your breath in His hands, & owns all your ways, YOU have not GLORIFIED.
Romans 10:9 If you CONFESS with your mouth the Lord Jesus and BELIEVE in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be SAVED.
The Word is near to you… it’s in your mouth…
Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!