Jn.11:25 – Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life;
This has to be the greatest claim that Jesus made throughout His ministry here on earth. He didn’t put the resurrection off to a later date, He claimed to be the resurrection now. Lazarus represented all of us in our state of spiritual death. I didn’t need a resurrection in some far off unknown day, I needed resurrection right now. Resurrection life is the very life that raised Jesus from the dead. It is life itself that overcomes everything that has to do with death right now. Athanius describes this as an entrance into the joy of life itself.
“I am the voice of life that wakens the dead. I am the good odor that takes away the foul odor. I am the voice of joy that takes away sorrow and grief.… I am the comfort of those who are in grief. Those who belong to me are given joy by me. I am the joy of the whole world. I gladden all my friends and rejoice with them. I am the bread of life.”
When Jesus burst out of the tomb on that first Easter morning He displayed His complete victory over death. Death had lost its control over fallen man. Just as Lazarus came up from his tomb, we also are risen today from our tombs of death. Here is how Matthew Henry describes resurrection.
“In every sense he is the Resurrection; the source, the substance, the first-fruits, the cause of it.….When we have read or heard the word of Christ, about the great things of the other world, we should put it to ourselves, Do we believe this truth? The crosses and comforts of this present time would not make such a deep impression upon us as they do, if we believed the things of eternity as we ought. When Christ our Master comes, he calls for us. He comes in his word and ordinances, and calls us to them, calls us by them, calls us to himself.”
All of us were once dead in our trespasses and in our sins, without hope and without God. We had no chance to recover from our tomb. Just as Lazarus seemed to be beyond help, we too were in that state without Christ. That all changed the day He called out to us, “Come out of your tomb of death. I am the Resurrection and the Life, believe in Me and your life starts now”.