“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”
Abraham is called the Father of faith and rightly so. He believed God’s leading and left with his family for an unknown land. He also trusted God with the promise of a son at old age. But he did something even more surprising.
When God asked for the sacrifice of that same child, there was no iota of doubt or reluctance on Abraham’s part. Rather than dillydally, he simply took God’s word and ran with it.
Interestingly, he came up with a profound conclusion on his own: ‘If God asked for the sacrifice of Isaac, God was more than able to raise him up in order to bring the promise of the seed to pass.’
“Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.”
Hebrews 11:18-19 (KJV)
(This was a shadow of what was to happen through the death of Jesus, His resurrection and the resultant adoption to sonship for all who believe.)
In John 11, we see a fundamental conversation ensue between Jesus and Martha, Lazarus’ sister. Undoubtedly, Jesus could have chosen to raise Lazarus up instantly as he did with Jairus’ daughter, but he did not until after four days.
It was unthinkable to the Jews that a dead person will return to life after four days. This is due to a popular belief amongst them that the spirit of the dead hovered over the body for three days, after which a resurrection can only be made possible by God Himself.
So Jesus raising Lazarus back to life after 4 days was shocking to them because it meant He is God – a fact that they did not want to accept.
The crux of the story is this- Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. (John 11:25) Not only can He bring people back to life, He is Life himself. Hence, he cannot be perturbed by death.
At the close of the age, there will be many believers who have been dead for thousands of years, yet, at the trump of God, they will all be raised to life (I Thessalonians 4:16). Such wonderful news!
How great is the power of our God? What’s even more fascinating is that the same power resides on your inside.
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”
Romans 8:11 (NIV)
As believers, this is our assurance: with Jesus, we have life eternal. Whether alive in this world or not, death has no power over us. We live forever!
Henceforth, live with the consciousness of the resurrection.