In speaking with Jesus about the death of her brother, Martha speaks of resurrection as a future event. Jesus responds with an affirmation of relationship in the present: “I am the resurrection and the life.” Ultimately, to believe in resurrection is to surrender our fear of death and the power that fear holds over us and to live this life more fully in the assurance of God’s work in Jesus Christ. Join us for our Easter Sunday Worship Celebration as we look at Jesus as our resurrection and life through the lenses of John 11:17-27.
John 11:17-27 (NRSV)
17When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 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?” 27She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”