I am the resurrection and the life.
“He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (JESUS not only is life but conveys life to the believer so that death will never triumph over him).
Nothing in this world is certain. Everything changes. There is only one thing for which we can be certain; that is death. We are not going to live in this world forever. We can talk about life and describe what it encompasses in various ways, however for death what can we say? Is there anything beyond death? What happens to our soul once it leaves our bodies? Surely, there must be an answer!
Only one person spoke about death with certainty and conviction. This person was Jesus Christ, who still speaks to us directly through the Word of God. When Jesus appeared to the Apostle John in Patmos He said to him:
“Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:17-18)
Only Jesus Christ has spoken in such a way concerning death and this is because He came into this world and overcame death through His resurrection. Nobody else in the history of mankind has ever had or acquired this authority.
Now, whoever accepts Jesus as their personal saviour is not afraid of the natural process of death for they know that death has no power or stronghold over them. Death is the doorway through which they will enter the kingdom of heaven and live eternally. Jesus Christ who defeated death through his resurrection has become their saviour, and they too therefore through their faith have defeated the power of sin and death in their life through the spirit of God.
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)
“He (Jesus) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (Romans 4:25).
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“…by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Timothy 1:9-10).
Salvation is by grace alone and is based not on human effort but on the saving plans of God and the gracious gift of His Son.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
“But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” (Titus 3:4-5)