I AM…The Resurrection and the Life
The fifth of seven self-descriptions occurs in one of the most stirring passages in all of the Bible—the death and resurrection of Jesus’ dear friend Lazarus. In this passage, Jesus calls himself “the resurrection and the life.” Before Jesus raises Lazarus, he tells his sister, Martha, what he will do. She confesses that she believes in the future resurrection, where Lazarus will join all the righteous. Jesus gently corrects her with this simple pronouncement and the miracle that would follow. While resurrection truly is a future hope for all who are redeemed, Jesus proves that the future has invaded the present in himself.