I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE – JOHN 11:25

Today is RESURRECTION Sunday! This is the central day on the Christian calendar, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cardinal doctrine of the Christian faith.

Get this down – No RESURRECTION, NO LIFE! RESURRECTION, LIFE! It is really that simple – don’t miss it.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” (I Cor. 15:17)

RESURRECTION in all Four Gospels

   The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is found in all four of the Gospels:

  • Matthew 28
  • Mark 16
  • Luke 24
  • John 20

RESURRECTION Foreshadowed in Old Testament

   Are you aware that the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ is also foreshowed in the Old Testament? It is often said that the Old Testament is a picture book, and in the following biblical accounts we see a picture of Jesus’ RESURRECTION:

  • The Resurrection of Christ is pictured when God shared the Serpents curse – Gen. 3:15

Bible teachers all agree that Genesis 3:15 (protevangelium) is the first mention of the Gospel. This verse is addressed to Satan. We read,

   “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

Look at the words “seed of the woman”; this speaks of Christ. The word “seed” never, in any other place in the Old Testament, refers to a woman. The “seed” of the woman is Christ.

The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

Then, too, the bruising of Christ’s heel would not be fatal, but the bruising of Satan’s head is fatal.

Dr. DeHaan said, “The Saviour’s heel was bruised at His first coming, but Satan’s head will be crushed at His second coming” (DeHaan, ibid., p. 64). Here, then, in the first mention of the Gospel, we have a picture of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

  • The Resurrection of Christ is pictured when Abraham took Isaac up Mount Moriah, to offer him as a sacrifice – Gen. 22 

I can’t imagine being asked to do something like this, but Abraham had FAITH in God! When he and his son arrived to the place of sacrifice, we read,

“Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son” (Genesis 22:13).

It is so important that read our Bible. In the New Testament we read that Isaac being saved from death is a picture of resurrection, Mark in your notes Hebrews 11:18-19,

“Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure”

Yes, Abraham willing to offer up his son Isaac is a picture of the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ.

  • The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is seen in the life-story of Joseph – Gen. 25-50 

We all know that Joseph’s brothers hated him, and they hated him because they were jealous of him. They conspired together and threw their brother into a pit. Then they pulled him out of the pit and sold him into slavery in Egypt. Once in Egypt God raised Joseph to great prominence – Second in command over all Egypt! Years later, when his brothers were starving because of famine, they traveled to Egypt, and they eventually appeared in Joseph presence. He fed them and saved their lives. Later Joseph revealed his identity to them, and said to them,

“And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God…” (Genesis 45:7-8).

He also said to them – this is a powerful verse –

“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Genesis 50:20).

In his chapter, “The Perfect Antitype,” Dr. DeHaan said, “The story of Joseph is beyond a doubt the clearest type of the…exaltation of Christ to be found anywhere in the Old Testament” (DeHaan, p. 178). As Joseph was exalted to a high position in Egypt, to give life to his brothers, so Jesus rose from the dead to give life to the world!

In this message today we have seen types and pictures of Jesus’ resurrection in the writing of Moses (specifically the book of Genesis), but we could actually walk through just about every book in the Old Testament and see Christ presented, and in many of the books see the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ.

The late Dr. John R. Rice (a powerful preacher of the past) wrote, “The Old Testament has many intimations of the future resurrection of Christ which probably have not been noticed by the average reader” (John R. Rice, D.D., The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Sword of the Lord Publishers, 1953, p. 16).

  • The RESRRECTION of Jesus Christ is pictured in the life of Jonah – Jonah 1-4

I call Jonah the WRONG WAY prophet. He knew what God called him to do, but didn’t want to do it. Jonah was the prophet cast into the sea and swallowed by a great fish. The Bible tells us,

“But, after three days, God spoke to that creature “and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land” (Jonah 2:10).

Dr. McGee said about this about the Prophet Jonah, “the belly of the fish was his grave, and a grave is a place for the dead – you do not put a live man in a grave. Jonah recognized that he was going to die in that fish and that God would hear him and raise him from the dead (J. Vernon McGee, Th.D., Thru the Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1982, volume III, p. 749; note on Jonah 2:2).

Dr. DeHaan said the same thing as Dr. McGee, and so did Dr. Henry M. Morris – and I believe they were exactly right. Jonah died in the sea monster, but God raised him from the dead. The book of Jonah tells us that Jonah was in the stomach of the sea monster “three days and three nights” (Jonah 1:17).

Are you aware that Jesus Christ believed in the literal account of Jonah and what happened to him? Twice Jesus spoke of Jonah (Matthew 12:39-40; Matthew 16:4).

Matthew 12:39-40

   “But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s [fish’s] belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” 

The point that I’m driving home is that Jonah’s resurrection from the dead, after three days in the sea monster, was a prophetic picture in the Old Testament of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

From RESURRECTION Prophesized

to RESURRECTION Personified

   Now, I want to make a transition in this message. I want to go from looking at the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ as found throughout the Old Testament, to the declaration that Jesus Christ Himself made, when He said that HE was the RESURRECTION. More accurately He said,

“I AM the RESURRECTION and the life…” (John 11:25)

Take your Bible and turn with me to John 11:17-27. We are going to pick up in the middle of the story, but these verses are essential to our theme today – the RESURRECTION!

There are three truths that I want to point out to you from these verses. They are:  

   I.            There must be death before you can have a RESURRECTION – vs. 17 

Focus your eyes upon verse 17, we read,

   “So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.”

The “he” in this verse is Jesus’ friend, Lazarus. He was sick, and he died. We read here that he had been in the tomb for four days. Four days dead – no breathe in him, no life in his body. Lazarus had expired.

Next, look at verses 18-19,

   “Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.”

Bethany was the hometown for Lazarus and his sisters, Martha and Mary.

Earlier in the storyline Jesus told his disciples that, “his sickness was not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified through it” (v. 4). Even though Jesus knew that Lazarus was sick, we read that He waited two days before he came to Bethany (v. 6). Jesus also had told his disciples that Lazarus was sleeping (that was a euphemism for death for those who have a relationship with Jesus Christ), and His disciples thought that rest would be good for Lazarus, and that they should stay away from Judea, for it was there that the people had sought to stone Jesus (v. 8). Finally, Jesus made it very clear to his disciples that Lazarus had died (v. 14).

If you again look at verse 19, we see that, “many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha an Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.”

The “comfort” we read about here in verse 19, is another indication that a death had occurred. The Jews mentioned here were seeking to offer solace to Lazarus’ sisters, Martha and Mary.

   II.         There must be FAITH before you can have a RESURRECTION – vs. 20-22

Look at verse 20, we read,

   “Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.”

When Martha received word that Jesus was finally arriving she went out to meet Him. I am sure that she was troubled that He had taken Him so long to arrive in Bethany (and remember it was only a few miles away). But I want you to also clearly notice that it didn’t affect her faith. In verse 21, we read,

“Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Martha KNEW that Jesus had the power, the supernatural ability to have kept Lazarus alive. Hear her words again,

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

You are aware that where there is no death you need no RESURRECTION? Right! When there is a death you need a RESURRECTION!

Consider just how great of faith Martha had. We read in verse 22,

“But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

Martha believed that when Jesus spoke to His Father that He received what He asked for – she knew that if Jesus would ask His Father to raise Lazarus from the dead that Lazarus would in fact be raised from the dead! Even though he had been buried for four days.

Look at how Jesus responded to her in verse 23,

“Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

That is positive and reassuring coming from the lips of the Son of God! What did Jesus mean? Well, consider what Martha thought when she heard Jesus say, “Your brother will rise again.” Look at verse 24,

“Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Martha had a strong belief in the doctrine of the RESURRECTION! But as we will see, that wasn’t what Jesus meant.

   III.     There must be an “I AM” before you can have a RESURRECTION – vs. 25-26

The next verse is where I got the title for todays message – this next verse is a verse that you should have highlighted in your Bible. It is a powerhouse of a Scripture. It is one of the seven “I AM” statements found in John’s Gospel. Look at what Jesus said to Martha in verse 25-26,

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 

I AM” was the name that God gave to Moses when he stood at the burning bush (Ex. 3:13-14). “I AM” is now speaking to Martha. Oh how we need to remember that “the word was with God, and the word was God, and the word became flesh and dwelt among us.” God came in the flesh.

You cannot have a RESURRECTION without an “I AM” presence – it is NOT possible. Jesus Christ was the “I AM” in the flesh, and He clearly stated, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Can’t get any clearer than that! Without God there is no RESURRECTION!

Can I teach a little theology? Look at the two facts Jesus taught Martha. He taught these two truths about RESURRECTION and life. Look at them before us:

   1. “He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

If you and I will place our faith (trust) in Jesus Christ for personal salvation, call upon Him to save us, to come into our lives, that “though” we may die someday physically, yet we shall live eternally (which means forever and forever).

Now that is great theology!

   2. “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”

If you have Jesus Christ in your life today you are more alive right now than you ever where without Him. Do you know that? And because you believe in Him you will never die spiritually. In other words you will NOT be separated from God. You are eternally safe in Him.

Now that is great theology!

Finally, take a look at Martha’s confession. In verse 27, we read,

“She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” 

What do you believe about Jesus Christ? Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God, who came into this world?

Allow me to get personal – one-on-one here: Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?  Have you asked Him to forgive you of your sin/s? Have you received Him into your life to be your Savior? This is what will make this RESURRECTION Sunday different for you. It is when you truly come to the knowledge of what this day is really all about – LIFE through Jesus Christ.

Do you really know what I like about RESURRECTION Sunday? It is all about LIFE! It speaks of that which once was dead, is now ALIVE!

Remember what I said at the beginning of this message: No RESURRECTION, NO LIFE, RESURRECTION, LIFE! It really is that simple – don’t miss it.

  • The RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ is found in all four Gospel’s.
  • The RESURRECTION is foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament. We only looked at a few examples.
  • The RESURRECTION is the LORD Jesus Christ. He said, “I AM the RESURRECTION and the life…” (Jn. 11:25)

Please remember these key points:

  1. There must be death before you can have a RESURRECTION – vs. 17
  2. There must be FAITH before you can have a RESURRECTION – vs. 20-22
  3. There must be an “I AM” before you can have a RESURRECTION – vs. 25-26

The “I AM” conquered death, and the “I AM” will allow those of us who know Him to also conquer death – it’s called RESURRECTION! Make SURE that you know Him!


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