25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Who is Christ to us? This is the question we must raise with ourselves upon reading these words. What do we really know of Jesus, the Christ? Do we really believe that He is resurrection and life? What do we understand about life and death, about believing in Jesus, about eternal life?
So we must ask: What is Jesus saying here? Instead of the resurrection being an event that occurred 2,000 years ago, He shows us that resurrection is embraced in a person. Jesus teaches that knowledge of eternal life is a personal relationship with God and He shows that victory over death is a present reality. It would seem that to locate the resurrection in the future, near or distant is to misunderstand what it means that in Christ “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
Jesus taught us how to live and here He teaches us how to live and how to die. Does that mean that if we are children of God, then we also are resurrection and life? Perhaps, this is not about some future event or consideration of what happens when we die, but about the here and now. This is the new reality in Christ and a whole new foundation for life.
“You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. 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. Do you believe this?” (The Message) This is about hope for our lives today, hope for whatever decisions we make this day, hope for God’s presence and action in every moment – today. Someone once said, “The heart is God’s living room.” God is not limited to a being in the great beyond but is imminent, living in us, speaking through us, acting within us. Yes, it’s a mystery that we can only hold in faith.
Loving and ever-present God, help me understand the immediacy of Jesus’ message and enable me to see in myself what I see in Jesus. Help me live this day as Jesus would live it and trust your way for my life. Amen.