Jesus said to her (Martha), “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”…John 11:25-26
This verse came to me this morning and I think it’s significant. Jesus is speaking with Martha about her brother, Lazarus, who died a few days ago. Martha knows that Jesus has the power to raise Lazarus, but he’s waited so long she’s not sure if he will. So she questions him about his intentions. She tells him she knows he could have come earlier and prevented Lazarus from dying; she also knows that all will be raised from death in the last days. Notice how Jesus answers her. He does not say “I will be resurrected” or “I will resurrect Lazarus” or even “Don’t worry, we’ll all be resurrected at some point. He says, I AM the resurrection.”
What does this mean?
I think it’s another one of those indications that the kingdom of God is both now and not yet. If we believe in the resurrection of Jesus, the kingdom has already come in our lives. We are a “new creation” NOW, even as we look forward to the second coming when “every knee will bow” to Christ.
How would we live if we really believed this? Well, I think we would give God the proper place in our lives (first) NOW; we would stop being anxious and worried NOW; we would love others as Christ loved us NOW; we would want to tell everyone how they, too, could experience this new life NOW.
Think about it: you and I have already been raised from the dead. We don’t have to live in darkness and fear. The resurrection is NOW.