John 11:25 reads, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” King James Version
|ESV||Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,|
|NASB||Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,|
|NIV||Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;|
|NLT||Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.|
I Am the Resurrection and the Life: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
11:17-32 Here was a house where the fear of God was, and on which his blessing rested; yet it was made a house of mourning. Grace will keep sorrow from the heart, but not from the house.
When God, by his grace and providence, is coming towards us in ways of mercy and comfort, we should, like Martha, go forth by faith, hope, and prayer, to meet him.
When Martha went to meet Jesus, Mary sat still in the house; this temper formerly had been an advantage to her, when it put her at Christ’s feet to hear his word; but in the day of affliction, the same temper disposed her to melancholy.
It is our wisdom to watch against the temptations, and to make use of the advantages of our natural tempers. When we know not what in particular to ask or expect, let us refer ourselves to God; let him do as seemeth him good.
To enlarge Martha’s expectations, our Lord declared himself to be the Resurrection and the Life. In every sense he is the Resurrection; the source, the substance, the first-fruits, the cause of it.
The redeemed soul lives after death in happiness; and after the resurrection, both body and soul are kept from all evil for ever. When we have read or heard the word of Christ, about the great things of the other world, we should put it to ourselves, Do we believe this truth?
The crosses and comforts of this present time would not make such a deep impression upon us as they do, if we believed the things of eternity as we ought. When Christ our Master comes, he calls for us.
He comes in his word and ordinances, and calls us to them, calls us by them, calls us to himself. Those who, in a day of peace, set themselves at Christ’s feet to be taught by him, may with comfort, in a day of trouble, cast themselves at his feet, to find favour with him.
John 11:25 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
25. Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life—”The whole power to restore, impart, and maintain life, resides in Me.” (See on Joh 1:4; Joh 5:21). What higher claim to supreme divinity than this grand saying can be conceived?
he that believeth in me, though … dead … shall he live—that is, The believer’s death shall be swallowed up in life, and his life shall never sink into death.
As death comes by sin, it is His to dissolve it; and as life flows through His righteousness, it is His to communicate and eternally maintain it (Ro 5:21).
The temporary separation of soul and body is here regarded as not even interrupting, much less impairing, the new and everlasting life imparted by Jesus to His believing people.
Believest thou this?—Canst thou take this in?