Sermon Passage: John 11:25-26
Sermon Title: I am the Resurrection and the Life
Sermon by: Pastor Davy (Youth)
When looking at the last miracle of Jesus before the beginning of the Passion, it is important for us to assume a third party perspective and also to recognize that the disciples and the family in Bethany, namely Mary, Martha and Lazarus, are in the first persons perspective and they don’t know the end result of this miracle. In verse 4, we see a messenger from Bethany delivering the news of Lazarus’ illness to Jesus and Jesus proclaims that this will not end in death. The writer of John repeatedly states that Jesus loves this family in Bethany and so he waits for two more days before heading to Bethany. This should strike us as strange and unlike a behavior of a loving person. So why does Jesus wait two days? After two days, Jesus says that Lazarus has died. and this is when he starts his travel towards Bethany. Jesus, in the two days of waiting, is waiting for God’s timing. Jesus does not work on his own accord but he waits for the will of God to move and guide him. And coming to Bethany, Martha comes out to Jesus and says that Lazarus would not have died if Jesus came earlier. But to this Jesus says that Lazarus will rise again. But Martha responds again by saying “yes he will rise at the last days” But Jesus isn’t talking about the last days. Jesus says directly to her I AM the resurrection and the life. In this Jesus proclaims that through resurrection, of the last day, we who die will live and he proclaims that those who believe will never die and have life. Then Jesus asks martha, “do you believe this?” And here Jesus is not saying, do you believe in the things that I have said. rather, Jesus is asking Martha, “do you believe in me? because I am the resurrection and life. not only to you or to Lazarus but to all who will believe in me”.
So what we need to ask ourselves is “do we believe this?” not in the words on the pages but rather do we believe in the person Jesus and the fact that he is, indeed, the resurrection and the life.