by Jonathan McLeod

Jesus Is the Resurrection and the Life
Jonathan McLeod
John 11:1-44

Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. Martha said to Jesus, ''Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.'' Jesus said to her, ''Your brother will rise again.'' Martha said to him, ''I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.'' Jesus said to her, ''I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?'' She said to him, ''Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world'' (vv. 17-27).


In the Gospel of John, John records seven of Jesus' miracles. He calls these miracles ''signs'' because they showed that Jesus is the Christ (i.e., the Messiah). Near the end of his gospel, John writes, ''Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name'' (20:30-31). The raising of Lazarus is the final and ultimate sign that Jesus is the Christ.

[Read vv. 1-16.]

Jesus loved his friends Martha, Mary, and Lazarus (vv. 3, 5, 36), yet Lazarus died. Verses 5 and 6 seem to be contradictory: ''Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was'' (vv. 5-6). Why didn't Jesus immediately travel to Bethany to heal Lazarus? When Jesus finally arrived in Betha ...

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