The Gospel of John is one of the four Gospels that tell the story of Jesus. In this Gospel, Jesus makes a bold claim that He is “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25).
This statement is significant because it shows that Jesus has power over death and that He alone can give eternal life to those who believe in Him. In this article, we will explore how the Gospel shows that Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
The Story of Lazarus
One of the most famous stories in the Gospel of John is the story of Lazarus. Lazarus was a friend of Jesus who had died and was buried for four days when Jesus arrived at his tomb.
When Jesus saw Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha, grieving, He was moved to tears. Then, “Jesus said to her [Martha], ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die'” (John 11:25-26).
This statement by Jesus shows that He has power over death. When Jesus arrived at Lazarus’ tomb, He commanded him to come out of it, and Lazarus came back to life (John 11:43-44). This miraculous event demonstrates that Jesus is indeed “the resurrection and the life.”
Jesus’ Own Resurrection
Another way in which the Gospel shows that Jesus is “the resurrection and the life” is through His own resurrection from the dead. After being crucified on a cross, Jesus was buried in a tomb for three days. However, on the third day, He rose from the dead (Matthew 28:5-6).
This event demonstrates not only that Jesus has power over death but also that He can give eternal life to those who believe in Him. As it says in Romans 6:4, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
The Promise of Eternal Life
In addition to demonstrating His power over death through Lazarus’ resurrection and His own resurrection, Jesus also promises eternal life to those who believe in Him. He says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
This promise of eternal life is a central message of the Gospel. It shows that Jesus is not just a historical figure but also a living Savior who offers hope and salvation to all who come to Him.
In conclusion, the Gospel shows that Jesus is “the resurrection and the life” through His power over death demonstrated in Lazarus’ resurrection and His own resurrection. It also shows how He promises eternal life to those who believe in Him. As Christians, we can take comfort in knowing that Jesus has conquered death and offers us new life through faith in Him.