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Reflection on John 11: Gospel of Resurrection

posted Jan 19, 2015, 12:08 PM by solomon yang

This miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead does acknowledge the painful reality of death. But far more importantly, it affirms the glorious reality of resurrection life. This story of Lazarus’ death and resurrection is really a story that anticipates and foreshadows the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and all those in Him

Raising of Lazarus revealed Jesus’ power over death. He confronted death and overpowered it. The raising of Lazarus signified Jesus’ conquest over death and hell. But it was a mere foreshadow of the ultimate triumph of Jesus over death. For Jesus swallowed up death in victory through the cross. There Jesus revealed the full glory of His resurrection life. He conquered death, hell, and Satan through His death and resurrection. The cross only confirmed that Jesus indeed possessed indestructible life in Himself.

Jesus said to Martha, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25-26). Jesus is the Resurrection because whoever believes in Him will come to eternal life, even though he may go to the grave. And Jesus is the Life because whoever receives the gift of life He gives will never die a spiritual death.

The one who declared, “I am the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep” also declares “I am the Resurrection and the Life!” And Jesus gives His resurrection life to His people. Just as Jesus imparted His own resurrection life to Lazarus, He will do the same for all of His beloved...including you and me.