Summary: Thefive message in a series on the "I am" statements of Jesus from the book of John.
The Great I Am
June 20, 2004
I am the Resurrection and the Life
Review: We’ve been studying the self descriptive statements of Jesus from John known as the “I am” discourses. 7 statements Jesus made to help us to realize that He is the great “I am” of the O.T., who has become flesh in the N.T. to seek and to save each of us who are lost.
Trans: Today as we turn our attention to the 5th statement I was reminded of a funny story I heard about two boys playing together.
Intro: A pastor’s son and his friend were playing outside when they found a dead robin. They decided the bird deserved a proper burial and so they put him in a Kleenex box, dug a hole, and placed their feathered friend in the ground. The minister’s son was chosen to say a few words. Remembering what his father said at times like this, the boy proclaimed loudly, “Glory be unto the Faaather, and unto the Sonnn…and into the hole he goooes!”
Trans: I wonder if some of you feel like you’re in a hole today. Perhaps you’re hurting b/c someone close to you has recently died. Maybe a relationship has ruptured and you’re filled w/ a combination of rage and numbness. Sooner or later, each of us will experience disappointment, sickness, even death b/c they are a common heritage of being a descendants of Adam and Eve.
This AM I’d like to focus our attention on John 11, where we hear about a man named Lazarus who was very sick. His two sisters, Mary and Martha, were worried so they sent word to Jesus hoping He would come and heal their brother. Only Jesus’ response was much different than what they had expected. Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. Yet when He heard Lazarus was sick, He stayed where he was 2 more days. Instead of hurrying to help, Jesus purposely waited. In the meantime, Lazarus died. (Read John 11:17-46)
Trans: Of all the “I am” statements this is the most ambiguous. While there is a definitive statement Jesus is making about Himself, I believe that Jesus being the “Resurrection and the Life” is not just a statement of His person, but a reality of His personhood meant to assist us practically in this life.
Trans: Thus, this AM, we are going to take a different approach to exegeting this text – we are going to discover in principle what Jesus meant when he declared Himself the “Resurrection and the Life.”
Note: Before we look at these principles, I want to discuss His declaration – “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” In this statement Jesus was making a decree of His power and authority over both physical and spiritual death.
Insert: These concepts are revealed in Jesus’ conversation w/ Martha (v. 22). It is important to understand that Lazarus was not resurrected – he was resuscitated and restored. He was raised from the dead.
Note: What is the difference? To resurrect is to redeem and transform into eternity never to die again. Jesus was resurrected – transformed through death into immortality. I Cr. 15 tells us that one day upon Jesus’ return we will all be changed – the mortal will put on immortality.