In the garden, when God and man walked openly, there was a certain freedom and openness that has never existed since. The serpent eventually deceived man and he believed that God was holding out on some of the good life. They didn’t realize that they were living the good life. The punishment for their disobedience was not only being shut out of the garden but a very specific set of curses. One curse was that these people would die, they would return to the dust that they were created from. So the Bible teaches that all people die as a result of this original act of disobedience.
So many times in church we just teach that Jesus came to forgive sins, and while that is true, it is really only half of the gospel. Jesus also came to reverse the curse. I know it might sound crazy but God’s antidote to death is resurrection. Paul says it this way in 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. What God really wants for us is forgiveness and a new life.
So in John 11 we find this crazy story of Jesus’ friend, Lazarus dying. When Lazarus died everyone was emotional including Jesus. To comfort those around Jesus said, “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.” But then he didn’t just say it; he also showed it by calling Lazarus from the grave. Yet, he didn’t just show it, he lived it by enduring his own death and raising himself up from the dead.
I think the question to be asking is do we believe it? Jesus fundamentally said the same thing? Do we believe that he is the resurrection and the life? Do we believe that we can have a new life?Share