“Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life”

The word “resurrection” is used in the King James Bible 40 times beginning with Matthew 22:23 and the final use in Revelation 20:6. There are two Greek words translated as “resurrection” in the New Testament, one being used only once and all the other uses being the other Greek word. Both words refer to the restoring of life from death and the returning to living fully functional. It is interesting to note that the Bible does not use this particular word in reference to the event of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead; however, in the same context of John 11, God uses it only about Jesus being “the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” in verse 25. And then in verse 26, Jesus said, “And whosever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” And Jesus concludes with a very probing question to Martha and to all who will come to Him for life when He asked, “Believest thou this?” This is the reality of truth. If we are going to have Jesus as our source of holy life on earth and life eternally in Heaven, we must believe the truth of who He is and what He has done for those who will trust in Him personally. If we are going to receive and benefit from the free gift of Salvation that Jesus paid a high price for in His suffering for our sins, His death for our sins, and His victorious resurrection for our victory; then we must believe this. This makes it very clear that faith is the key to possessing Jesus as our Saviour and all the benefits that come with Him as Saviour. Which means that all the rituals, traditions, and recited facts that many religions connect to what they call the means of Salvation is not what Jesus authoritatively declares to be the key to benefitting from Him as our “resurrection and life.” This is also what we see the Apostle Paul declaring under inspiration of God in holy Scripture nearly thirty years later in Philippians 3:9-10, in the words “… that which is through faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” so that he and any of us can “…know him and the power of his resurrection,…”  which is also one of the benefits of Salvation. My friend, do not celebrate the resurrection of Christ on this Sunday without benefitting personally from the resurrection of Christ as your Saviour by faith in Him as you repent of your sins and call on Him to save you from your sins.