John Lesson 15 Day 3
I am the resurrection and the life.
7. a. Martha’s test of faith—John 11:21-28
“Lord, if you had [only] been here, my brother would not have died.”
Martha had complete confidence that Jesus could and would have healed Lazarus if he arrived before Lazarus’ death.
Unlike the Centurion, Martha had not considered the possibility that Jesus could “only say the word, and he will be healed.”
“But even now, I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”
A glimmer of hope arises. Martha had faith to believe God would answer Jesus’ prayer and raise her brother from the dead, but God was the one who would perform the miracle. She didn’t know Jesus was divine. She saw him as a prophet who had a special connection with God.
“Jesus said, ‘Your brother will rise again.'”
Martha assumed Jesus meant Lazarus would be raised up in the resurrection when the time came. “The Jewish writings after the captivity are full of this doctrine.” (Adam Clarke)
The thought of waiting until then was little consolation.
“Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life'”
It is just as easy for Jesus to raise Lazarus now as it will be to raise him later.
“Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”
Martha’s words confess the faith and confidence that is rising within her.
b. My personal journey of faith
Thankfully, I grew up with a copy of the Bible that includes the Old Covenant and the New. I could read and learn about the life of Jesus. My parents taught me some at home and took me to church. Still, it took time for me to understand, and I’m still learning.
Martha had the advantage and disadvantage of seeing Jesus in the flesh. He looked like a human, so that must have made it difficult to imagine Him as divine Son of God.
8. a. “I am, right now, Resurrection and Life.” (MSG)
“The whole power to restore, impart, and maintain life, resides in me. What higher claim to supreme divinity than this grand saying can be conceived?” (Jamieson-Fausset-Brown)
“In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men.” John 1:4 AMP
“Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life [and allows them to live on], even so, the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.” John 5:21 AMP
The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all.
“All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.” Romans 5:21 MSG
b. Jesus’ words are important.
“Jesus made an enormous claim. Only God could say such things in truth.” (Guzik)
In Matthew 4:4, Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3. “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (ESV)
Resurrection and life are who He is, not just a miracle He can perform under the right circumstances.
This is fundamental and foundational to my faith.
My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 15 Day 3 ~ John 11:17-27