Alive Together with Jesus
Sunday, January 22
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
Throughout this 40-day prayer journey we have studied the I AM statements of Jesus in an effort to more fully understand Jesus’ question found in Matthew 16:13-16 when Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?” This week we turn our attention to Jesus’ statement found in John 11:25-26 where we hear Him say, “I am the resurrection and the life!”
In this statement, Jesus begins to reveal His identity in an increasingly complex way. When Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life” He is telling us both the spiritual and physical life cannot be separated from Him but are instead aspects of what it means to be in a relationship with Him.
We often forget that to live in relationship with Jesus means we have life in Christ NOW. Jesus told Martha that her brother would rise again (vs 23) He was telling her Lazarus would not have to wait until the final resurrection to live. In the chaos of our world, it is often hard to remember that we too do not have to wait until the end of human history or for the resurrection at the judgement day to enjoy the power of life in Christ.
For, as demonstrated by the resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus is all about bringing dead things to life, taking things that are not and making them into things that are. So, do we actually “know” Christ and what living in the power of His resurrection means for our lives? Do we look to other experiences and people to offer us life, or do we turn to Christ? This week let us ponder these questions and remember the truth that those who have trusted in Christ have been made “alive together with him.” (Colossians 2:13)
Prayer for the Day: Lord Jesus, please help us believe and obey Your teachings, and not be misled by doctrines of men that distort the truth. Help us to walk in the Spirit so we may enjoy the power of life in You we pray in Your holy name – Amen.
Personal Prayer: “Lord Jesus, You ask – “Who do you say that I am?” Lord, open my mind so I can understand who You are, and who I am in You.”