25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26
Lazarus is dead. It all looks hopeless. Jesus tells Martha, Lazarus’s sister that Lazarus will rise again. She thinks He’s talking eschatology. And this passage above is His response.
Jesus is the resurrection and the life. The resurrection that she was anticipating would only be possible because of Him. He is the source and the hope of resurrection.
Notice that it’s through faith in Him: Whoever believes in me. And the result of faith in Him is that though he die, yet shall he live. We will all experience a physical death, unless He returns while we breathe. But even so, we will live eternally.
This is true for everyone who lives and believes. They shall never die.
And then He asks a crucial question, one that all men must answer: Do you believe this?
Now, she is already a follower of Christ, yet this question is still pertinent to her. She believes in Jesus. But does she trust Him in this moment? Her brother is dead. Does she believe that Jesus is the resurrection?
Do we? As followers of Christ, do we presently believe when our brothers and sisters die, or when we are considering our own mortality, that He is the resurrection and the life? May we say confidently with Martha,
“Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” – John 11:27
Lord, we believe!