“I Am the Resurrection and the Life”

“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?'” – John 11:25-26 (ESV)

The term resurrect means to ‘restore to life’ and is mostly used in reference to bringing someone back from the dead. Although it can function as more than one part of speech, Jesus used it as a proper noun to describe himself in this passage. Something he was about to do would have eternal ramifications for all who choose to believe.

Alternate translations

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?'” (NIV)

“Jesus said unto her, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?'” (KJV)

“Yeshua said to her, ‘I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Resurrection and The Life; whoever trusts in me, even if he dies, he shall live. And everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?'” (Aramaic Bible in plain English)

Meaning of the verses

These are two of the most important verses in the New Testament and something Christians should commit to memory.

Jesus was comforting Mary and Martha, and Scripture tells us that “Martha replied, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.'” (John 11:24) But Martha was thinking of the messianic resurrection in the last days. Martha was unaware that Christ was going to be crucified, and that his resurrection would occur in the near future.

Christ spoke these words before his crucifixion and resurrection from the dead, pointing out that he is the “resurrection” and “the life.”

Life does not end with death here on Earth, that is only the first death. There exists eternal death and eternal life.

The most important point to take away from these verses is that Christ is not only “the resurrection” of himself after death – but “the resurrection” of all mankind, who are dead because of sin. But through Christ, mankind is resurrected and given the gift of eternal life. Christ is “the life” and belief in Jesus is the only way to receive eternal life.

When Jesus asks Martha: “Do you believe this?” He is not only asking Martha if she believes he is the son of God (which she replies ‘yes’ to in John 11:26), but this question is to all of us.

Do you believe Jesus Christ is the son of God – God in the flesh, who died for your sins, and is your Savior who will give you the gift of eternal life?

Related verses

John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 6:39

And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day.

Revelation 1:18

The Living One. I was dead, and behold, now I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of Death and of Hades.

Colossians 3:4

When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.