Who is Jesus?
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Are you dead? We all die at some point, but some of us die before others, some of us give up our lives and die while we still live. Is this confusing? We’re all destined to die in our earthly bodies, bound for eternity either in heaven with God or hell apart from Him. But those who live in Christ have already died to themselves (in spirit) and taken on Christ’s life. That’s why we say we “live in Him”. It’s why Paul wrote of us dying to sin, dying to our old nature, etc. We’ve taken on a new life in Christ, we’re “hidden in Him” (Colossians 3:3). Eternal life, for those who are in Christ, has already begun while still living on the earth.
Jesus said that He is the only way to God (John 14:6). He also stated that He came to give life (John 10:10). But the core truth behind this is that He is life and that’s how He’s able to offer it to us. Sin equals death, Jesus equals life. We choose one or the other, there are no other choices. Sin doesn’t mean doing bad things, it means having an unrighteous nature. But following Christ brings onto us His nature and therefore we die to the sinful one.
He is the resurrection (the way to heaven), and the source of eternal life. If we’re in Him, we’ll never die (in the sense that those who spend eternity in hell “die” apart from Him). It all rests in Him, everything here and now and everything that comes after this. It begins with Him (John 1:1) and it ends with Him (Revelation 22:12-13).
Look for this and other devotions about Jesus in the upcoming Exagorazo Press book entitled “Devotions for Disciples: Who is Jesus?” due out in October 2011.