by Jeff Moorehead
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live." John 11:25
It doesn’t seem appropriate to talk about death during Christmas, yet the coming of Jesus Christ is a monumental statement about death that we all need to hear.
One of the first things we learn about our spiritual condition is that we are “dead in our trespasses and sins,” (Eph. 2:1) and it is clear we need a resurrection and some life.
One day during Jesus’ ministry one of His dear friends, Lazarus, died and He used this occasion to reveal a very essential aspect of His identity: He said, “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.” (John 11:25-26)
Jesus’ claim is astounding. He is talking about something that transcends the physical and highlights the supernatural. The resurrection and life we need as spiritually dead people is found in the Person of Jesus Christ.
As the resurrection and the life, He can bring the spiritually dead to life (Eph. 2:5-6) and will raise the physically dead on the last day (John 5:21, 25-29).
Jesus’ kind of “life” is described as:
- Full (John 10:10): He provides fullness of joy, purpose, and meaning.
- Free (John 8:36): He sets us free from slavery to sin.
- Forgiven (Mark 2:10): He releases us from the penalty of sin.
- Forever (John 11:25-26): He gives us life everlasting.
Talk about some great Christmas gifts. Where else can you find these kind of lavish and generous gifts given to such undeserving people like us?
The apostle John sums up this truth best with these words: “And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.” (I John 5:11-12)
Christmas celebrates the coming of Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life!