I Am the Resurrection and the Life

So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. 19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

20 Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and 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. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

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

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

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

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.” — John 11:17-27.

Jesus arrives in Bethany which was about two miles (3.2 km) from Jerusalem. Lazarus has been in the tomb four days. Jesus’ opponents, the Jews, have joined the mourners around Martha and Mary to comfort them at the loss of Lazarus.

When Martha hears that Jesus is coming, she goes and meets Him on the way. Mary remains in the house. Martha tells Jesus that Lazarus would not have died, had Jesus been there. Nevertheless she believes that Jesus could act even now, though Lazarus has been in the tomb for four days.

Jesus tells her that Lazarus would rise again. She thinks Jesus is talking about the resurrection in the last days. Jesus declares that He is the resurrection and the life! He further reveals that anyone believing in Him now receives a new resurrection life and will never suffer eternal death.

Martha confirms her belief in Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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