Here in John 11, we number five of the seven “I AM” statements Jesus made about Himself in the Gospel of John. As we celebrate Easter and Christ’s resurrection, it is important to see that Jesus claimed to not only be able to raise the dead, but calmed to be the very source of resurrection and life itself. This is perhaps one of the boldest statements of His deity that we can find. He solidifies this claim immediately by raising Lazarus from the dead; something nobody around thought to be possible. What makes this passage even more compelling is that Jesus asked Martha to believe in Him as the Resurrection and the Life even before performing the miracle of raising her brother. Faith in Christ must go deeper than believing He can perform miracles.
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