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John 11:25-26 – Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life

Summary

Jesus identifies himself as the resurrection and the life, the source of everlasting life.

Analysis

The term resurrection assumes that even people of faith will die, yet they have the hope of being raised to everlasting life with God. Jesus later demonstrates the truth of his promise by undergoing death himself before being raised to new life on Easter. Jesus extends to his followers the same hope of resurrection. The other term Jesus uses is life. Physical life includes a heart that beats and lungs that breathe, but life in its fullest sense is lived in relationship with God. People enter true life by faith, since faith is a relationship with God. This relationship does not end with the death of the physical body. This is one of the seven "I am" sayings in John's Gospel. Since the expression "I am" recalls the name of God, who is the "I Am" (Exodus 3:14), these sayings emphasize that Jesus is God's Word in the flesh.

John 11:25-26

25Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.* Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’

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