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May 10 – I am the resurrection and the life (I)

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection, and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live: And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”” – John 11: 25-26

Scripture reading: John 11:21-46

We are all confronted with death in our lives, death of loved ones; some of us might be alerted to our mortality by the weakness of our body. Death is the enemy that destroys our lives since our fall in paradise. How amazing that Jesus, eye to eye with death, reveals Himself as the Resurrection and the life!

Jesus’ friend, Lazarus had died and as He meets with the mourning sisters, He shows on the one hand how unfathomably deep His love and compassion is as He weeps with those who weep (vs. 35). But on the other hand, His heart is also filled with anger. In verse 33 it says that Jesus groaned in the spirit and was troubled. This means that Jesus approaches Lazarus’ grave with a deep anger as He observes the devastation death brings into our world. Here is the Prince of Life Who came to fight the evil of death! He came to destroy and overthrow death in order to give us life.

How amazing, therefore, that Jesus reveals Himself as the Resurrection and the life! He is saying that He has the power of the resurrection. He has the power of life in Himself! He is pure life! We will not only hear His voice at conversion, but one day He will call us from our graves, “Lazarus, come forth!” He came to destroy death! All those who believe in Him, even those who have already died, just like Lazarus, will live again!

Suggestions for prayer

Thank God for the fact that Christ is the Resurrection and the Life. Pray for those who mourn that they might be comforted and put their hope in Christ.

 Rev. Pieter van der Hoek served the Heritage Reformed Church of Burgessville ON Canada since May 2017. This year he took a call to the Heritage Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa USA. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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