What did Jesus mean when He said, 'I am the Resurrection and the Life'?


John 11:25

ESV - 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
"I am the Resurrection and the Life" (John 11:25) is the fifth of the seven "I am" statements of Jesus. Lazarus was dead. Earlier, Jesus had heard that His good friend was sick, but instead of goin...

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9aa51e4b447252291b959c696fb96539 400x400 Jeremiah Kaaya Pastor at Springs of Power Church, Teacher by professional
When Jesus said I AM the resurrection and life, He was implying that; He alone has the power to grant life after death. Besides Jesus, there is not the slightest drop of life after the death of anybody. Through Jesus the CHRIST alone, can a spirit regain life and live again. The term “I AM” connotes unlimited, unquestionable, overwhelming authority. 

Now, the question would be; why is it that; resurrection and life are only guaranteed through Jesus the CHRIST alone?

First of all, Jesus the CHRIST alone is God's power to create. He alone is the reason the world was created (John 1:1-5). If it had not been Him (Jesus the CHRIST), nothing of all creation would be. Jesus is the word of God, the word of God is God Himself. For that reason, Jesus is God Himself. The authority of God the Father to give or to deny is the same authority of God the Son. Are they two different Gods? Not at all. It is one God who chooses to work the way He wishes to. His word is inseparable from Him. Amen.
Secondly, all those who came before Jesus the CHRIST failed to do the Job that Jesus the CHRIST did, neither has there been any single one that has measured to what Jesus did after His resurrection. All the rest only made/make seemingly exciting but wanting statements that are measurably hollow and therefore can’t have the required weight to possess the authority that is commensurate to that of Jesus the CHRIST. Jesus the CHRIST did not only talk, He followed His talk with more action, meaningful action. Jesus was what He said He was/is.

The opposite of life is death. Each of the two has a reward. If you are granted life through Jesus the CHRIST, the reward is heaven, on the other hand though, if you deny Jesus the CHRIST, it simply means you can’t live and the reward is hell. But what is the source of death anyway? The source of death is sin. Equally so, the source of life is Jesus the CHRIST. (Romans 6:23). Before the coming of Jesus the CHRIST, sin was only covered upon; the blood of animals was never good enough to cleanse us of sin. An animal can’t measure up to the glory of man. Only the blood of Jesus the CHRIST whose glory measures far above that of man could not only cover up our sin, but cleanse it away all together.

In view of the above, the authority of Jesus first of all emanates from the fact that much as He had put on flesh, because of the kind of job He was to do, He was equally God Himself incarnate. Jesus’ authority therefore comes from the fact that He is God Himself. Jesus’ second source of authority is the fact that He alone paid the price that nobody else could. He offered Himself for the type of sacrifice that was equally required. All God’s anger which was meant for us was all exited on Jesus the CHRIST. He was spit upon, mocked, slapped and finally crucified on the cross (Philippians 2:5-11). He accepted all this to happen to Him so that you and I can have the precious opportunity to live again. Thus, today we speak boldly of life because of the wonderful work of death of Jesus the CHRIST on the cross. He died on the cross and rose again. Thus the statement; “I am the resurrection and the life…” When you resurrect, you have regained life. Because He rose from the dead, there is lively hope that whoever accepts Him and lives according to Him has the lively opportunity to live again (John 11:25-26). Those who accept Him, even when they die, they will live again, because He lives, we live. All authority to grant or to deny life was therefore granted to Him alone based on the fact that His sacrifice alone stood out of all (Matthew 28:18). In Jesus alone, there is resurrection and life. Amen

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Christ came, not just to sustain life (I am the bread of life; the bread that gives spiritual and eternal life, and the bread that upholds and maintains spiritual life,) but to give life! Eternal life is the first-in-importance gift in Johannine writings. The world is dead (John 5:24), but Jesus offers life to those who believe (John 1:4; 3:15-16; 4:14; 5:24; 6:35, 47; 8:12; 10:10). "Living bread" is a metaphor in John 6:33 meaning that there is an opportunity for a faithful consumption of who Jesus is and what he offers. 

Jesus knows that He is the Messiah, whom God hath sent into the world (John 10:36), to make alive those that are dead in trespasses and sins, Ephesians 2:1, and to give eternal life to as many as the Father hath given Him. (John 6:39; Heb. 2:13).

"The premier gift in Johannine thought is undoubtedly eternal life. The world is dead (John 5:24), but Jesus offers life to those who believe (John 1:4; 3:15-16, 36; 4:14; 5:24; 6:35, 47; 8:12; 10:10). Jesus' emphasis on eternal life (mentioned over twenty times) is without parallel in the Synoptics and almost replaces the synoptic "kingdom of God." Jesus even calls himself "life" (John 11:25; 14:6). Sometimes this gift is placed in metaphor, such as "living water" (John 4:14) or "living bread" (John 6:33); in each instance, it means a faithful consumption of who Jesus is and what he offers. To eat and drink of Christ (John 6:33 — which may be an allusion to the Lord's Supper) is to gain life. [See also John 6:53, "Jesus said to them, 'Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.'"] In the case of Nicodemus, the metaphor is rebirth, a powerful engagement with God that again is life-giving (John 3:15-17)." --Gary M. Burge

"If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, one must admit that he/she is a sinner, that Jesus is God’s son and that Jesus he died on the cross for our sins. Read Jn 3:15-17." --Diana Manley Rockwell.

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