The blog posts in my Who Is Jesus Series define Jesus in His own words: “the bread of life,” “the light of the world,” “the door,” “the good shepherd” and today, “the resurrection and the life.” All are teachings of Jesus found in God’s Holy Word as the Gospel of John presents them. As a Christian I believe Jesus’ miraculous birth, sacrificial death, and His resurrection to be God’s supreme revelation of Himself. Not only the book of John with its seven Jesus statements of “I am . . .” but also the other Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke give accounts of Jesus’ appearing in a supernatural body to individuals and groups during the forty days He was on earth before his final ascension into heaven.
Some appearances are to women coming to Jesus’ burial site on the third day after His death. Many are to His disciples at various times and places and with differing numbers of them present. And there is even an occasion recorded in Scripture when He appears to a crowd of more than five hundred.
But Jesus’ own personal resurrection is not the only resurrection–or bringing back to life from the dead–recorded in the Holy Bible. During His final days of ministry and teaching, Jesus resurrected his friend Lazarus.
As a summary of the eleventh chapter of John, the story is about Lazarus who becomes ill, dies, and is brought back to life by Jesus. The background information is that Lazarus’ sisters Mary and Martha had sent word to Jesus from their town which was about a day’s journey from where Jesus was, asking Him to come visit their sick brother. They did this believing Jesus could heal him.
Jesus and His disciples delay leaving. So, by the time they arrive, it is the fourth day that Lazarus’ body has been lying in a cave with a rock rolled across its entrance. However, Jesus goes to his friend’s tomb, has the stone rolled aside and calls out, “Lazarus, come out!” Still bound in burial wrappings Lazarus, who was dead, is resurrected through the voice and power of Jesus.
The message of John chapter 11 verse 25 is translated below in English, French, Spanish, and German for your consideration and reflection.
English: I am the resurrection and the life. John 11:25 KJV (King James Version), ASV (American Standard Version), NIV (New International Version)
Français: Je suis la résurrection et la vie. Jean 11:25 LSG (La Sainte Bible par Louis Segond), BCC (Bible Catholique Crampon 1923),
Moi, je suis la resurrection et la vie. Jean 11:25 BDS (La Bible du Semeur 2015)
Español: Yo soy la resurrección y la vida. Juan 11.25 RVR1960 (Biblia Reina Valera 1960), NVI (Nueva Versión Internacional), DHH (Biblia Dios Habla Hoy)
Deutsch: Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben. Johannes 11,25 DELUT (Lutherbible 1912), NBH (NeÜ bible.heute), NGU2011 (Neue Genfer Übersetzung)