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I AM the Resurrection And the Life

March 18, 2015

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I AM  the Resurrection  And the Life

When Jesus  comforted Martha  about her brother  Lazarus’  death  and explained  who He Himself is  in John 11:25-26,  Jesus 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.     Do you believe this?

In the Jewish culture,  Jesus was saying  much more  than we  might imagine.     Jesus was making one  of His great  “I AM” claims  —  He was saying  that He is  God Almighty  in the flesh.     For the historical explanation  of that,  we look way back  to the time  when Moses asked God  how he should explain  to the Israelites  who had sent him  to rescue  the Israelites  from slavery  in Egypt.     Exodus 3:14  records,

God said  to Moses,  “I AM  WHO I AM“;  and  He said,  “Thus you shall say  to the sons  of Israel,  ‘I AM  has sent me  to you.'”

That phrase,  “I AM”,  in Hebrew means  to exist.     In other words,  God has always existed,  exists today  and exists forever.     He has no beginning or end  —  and He gives  eternal life  to all  who believe  in Him.     Jesus was not  an ordinary man.     He was God  and man  —  all in one.     So,  when Jesus  tells us,  “I am the resurrection  and the life”,  He is saying  that He alone  is the one  who can  resurrect us  —  make us come back  to “life”  for all eternity.     Our earthly bodies  will experience death,  but Christ  will resurrect  our dead bodies  and give us  eternal  “life”  with Him.

God rescued  the Israelites  from slavery  in Egypt  —  and He rescues us  from our slavery  to sin.     With faith  in Jesus,  we are cleansed  from all our sins  and gain a life  worth living.

Knowing  who Jesus is  really matters.

As we live  in Christ’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for the eternal life  that is more glorious  than human words  can ever express.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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