Living in the Reality of Jesus: The Resurrection and the Life

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 3 April 2024
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Rev. Dr. Dean Courtier
dean.courtier@estuaryelim.co.uk

Living in the Reality of Jesus: The Resurrection and the Life

Today, let us uncover the profound truth embedded in the words of Jesus Himself.

In John 11:25, Jesus boldly declares, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying." Let's unpack this powerful statement and explore how it shapes our lives today.

Jesus, the Resurrection, and the Life:
In John 11:25, Jesus reveals Himself as the source of resurrection and life. He isn't just a conduit for life; He is Life incarnate. These words were spoken during the resurrection of Lazarus, showcasing Jesus' authority over death and His ability to breathe life into the hopeless.

Charles Spurgeon beautifully captures this truth, saying, "Our Lord's words teach us that there is more in Him than we have yet known, and that we have need to study Him more, that we may enter into His fullness."

Supporting Scriptures:
John 5:24 I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.

John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."

Acts 4:12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.

Believing in the Resurrection and the Life:
Jesus beckons us to place our trust in Him, promising eternal life to all who do so. This belief isn't merely intellectual; it's transformative, leading to spiritual resurrection and eternal life.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer beautifully articulates this, saying, "To believe in Jesus Christ means to participate in his resurrection, to live in the light of his resurrection, to die in the strength of his resurrection, and to hope for the day of his resurrection."

Supporting Scriptures:
John 3:16 For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 10:9-10 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

Ephesians 2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Living in the Light of the Resurrection and the Life:
As believers, we're called to embrace the reality of Jesus' resurrection power, living victoriously over sin and death, and sharing the hope of Christ with others.

Oswald Chambers captures this sentiment, saying, "The life of faith is not a life of mounting up with wings but a life of walking and not fainting."

Supporting Scriptures:
Romans 6:4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

1 Corinthians 15:20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.

The foundational truths of the Christian faith:
Salvation through Jesus Christ alone, the transformative power of belief, and the hope of resurrection and eternal life for all who trust in Him. Let's embrace this truth, walk in the light of His resurrection, and share His life-giving message with the world.

Application:
Reflect on your belief in Jesus as the Resurrection and the Life. Are you truly living in the light of His resurrection power? Commit to walking in faith, embracing the new life He offers, and sharing His hope with those around you.

Call to Action:
Take a moment to pray and ask God to deepen your understanding of Jesus as the Resurrection and the Life. Ask Him to reveal areas of your life where you need to experience His resurrection power more fully. Then, go forth, transformed by the truth of Jesus, to live a life that brings glory to His name.

May God bless you abundantly as you walk in the reality of Jesus as the Resurrection and the Life. Amen.