Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, the day Christian believers cherish most dearly. It is a day of celebration and joy, a day to give thanks to God the Father for what He has done. On this day we more profoundly celebrate and declare that Jesus Christ, the Son, was resurrected from the dead. The event of the Resurrection holds several important meanings to those who believe. The Event reveals the true nature of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. The Event of the Resurrection allows us as believers to hope in our resurrection into eternal life as well. The Event of the Resurrection gives us as disciples faith in the promises of God through Jesus. The Event of the Resurrection proves there is life after this physical one we now know. There are numerous other meanings and important derivitives of the Event of the Resurrection, more than intended in this brief thought.
As a part of your Easter celebration this year I hope you have the opportunity to attend a worship service to be with family and friends. There I am sure at least one aspect of the Resurrection Event will be declared and expounded upon. The thought I wish to express today is as part of our Easter celebration that we consider the Resurrection, the Person. I wish not to confuse you or in any fashion seperate the our risen Lord from the event of the Resurrection. My intent of thought is primarily to shift our focus from the manifestations of the Resurrection Event to the person of the Resurrection, Jesus Christ. I myself, had often viewed the Easter celebration focusing primarily on the Event of the Resurrection and its meanings. This year, I am urged to look upon Resurrection, the Person.
JOHN 11: 25-26
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live; And whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves to, and relies on) Me shall never [actually] die at all. Do you believe this? Amplified Bible
What a very poinent question Jesus asks of the Bible character Martha in this story. What a very profound statement Jesus is making to us as believers today. Jesus reveals to all who would believe that the Resurrection is a person, Himself, not an event! He does not just say that there will be a resurrection event of the dead on the last day. This is how Martha replied to Jesus following the death of her brother Lazarus. I encourage you to read the whole story of Lazarus in Chapter 11 of the Book of John to help you gain understanding.
Jesus says, “I am the Resurrection . . .”. Okay, you ask, what is the point here. Yes, Jesus was resurrected from the dead, because of Him we too have the hope of eternal life and resurrection. Yes, that is all true and more, much more. That alone is reason enough to celebrate Easter and every day.
Jesus identifies Himself here in this passage with another name. He declares His name is also Resurrection. Rather than an event the name Resurrection is He, the two are inseperable. It is not just something that will take place because of Him, it is Him. Resurrection is the person Jesus.
In the times of trouble when trials of this world come our way, we can hope. When calamities fall around and upon us we can not escape, we have faith. When the illness is diagnosed, and no cure is available, we can believe. When the world seems headed to certain destruction, we can trust. When the next generation seems to have wandered away, we can hold fast.
We can hope, have faith, believe, trust, and hold fast to Resurrection, the Person. When faced with any and all of the mentioned troubles, it is sometimes just our final prayer to look to the Resurrection, the Event. One day it will be over and all will be well. This is true, God promised. But I offer you another alternative view, in your prayer look to Resurrection the Person. Jesus, was making a point with Martha, one He intended for us to see and understand as well. He was not just a part of the Resurrection event to come, He was it in person. And the Person had a surprise for Martha, her brother came walking out of the cave, alive!
Now good Christian doctrine will dictate that I may actually need to wait for the Recurrection event for my healing, God’s thoughts and plans are not my own. His are much higher and all for His glory. Jesus, the Resurrection person will always be about His Father’s business and bring glory to the Father. In this we can look to the Resurrection person for today’s need, not just a future healing event. When I pray or call out to Jesus about the troubles of my today, I can restate what Jesus said of Himself. Jesus you are the Resurrection and the Life. I believe you!