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Objective: To understand why Jesus mentions that He is the resurrection and the life.
And we will also learn that, if we put our faith in the Son of God and obey the Will of His Father, we can achieve such a reward.
Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:29-33
Memory Verse: “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
The term resurrection comes from the Greek “anatasis,” which translates as standing up, resurrection or rising (Back to Life).
The Word of God points to two resurrections, and apostle Paul mentions them when speaking before the governor, “I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.”
This belief was supported by the law and prophets (Verse 14).
We can affirm, that for the people of Israel, this belief came into existence way before the advent of Jesus (Daniel 12:2).
In our scripture reading, we read that Jesus’ answer to the Sadducees was that God is not a God of the dead but the living.
How could this be possible when we speak of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, men who were already in the dust of the earth?
It is because of the resurrection belief of people of Israel, of which the Sadducees did not believe in (Matthew 22:23).
2. The only Being that has the power to bring the dead back to life is God (Deuteronomy 32:39, 1st Samuel 2:6), and that power was given to His Son. “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man” (John 5:26, 27).
Jesus uses the metaphor of THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE to give the understanding of what God, symbolically, had given Him: the power and authority to give life back to every living thing.
“Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28, 29).
In the context of the conversation Jesus had with Martha, Lazarus’ sister, He referenced the resurrection of the just, the first resurrection, the one we are invited to partake in.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.”
4 God's purpose for sending His Son the first time to earth was to give eternal life (John 17:2).
With this authority, Jesus presents Himself as the resurrection and the life.
It is through the process of the resurrection that He can give us this beautiful reward.
Therefore, it is important to note that the Father’s will is that everyone who comes to believe in the Son, will resurrect in the last day (John 6:40).
Thus, it is stated that Jesus Christ is the resurrection for life, “I will raise him up at the last day.”
There is a promise to all men who strive to do God's Will, mentioned by the apostle, “And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.”
(1st John 2:25).
The latter is the “life” that our Lord Jesus Christ references.
What do we need to have access to it?
To achieve it we need to be participants of the first resurrection because the second is for condemnation (John 5:29).
Paul had that vivid desire to partake of the resurrection of life by saying, “if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:11).
The Paul understood perfectly that the resurrection and eternal life are obtained through the person of Christ, “but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
(2nd Timothy 1:10).
Thus, Paul publicized this truth, explaining that everyone who comes to believe in the Son of God would partake of that reward (2nd Timothy 4:6-8).
God was pleased to give His Son life and He, in turn, gives it to whom He pleases, “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” (John 5:11-13, John 5:21).
7. Brethren, if we want to partake of the resurrection and the life that our Lord Jesus Christ can give us, we must be obedient to the commandments of God and strive to practice them.
Doing so would be the only way to attain the crown of life, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.
And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
What does the resurrection mean?
2. What authority does God give His Son and why?
3. Do the people of Israel believe in the resurrection?
4. Why does the apostle say that our life is hidden with Christ in God? Colossians 3:3
5. What determines our reward after we die?
When will the resurrection for life be?
7. What is your longing about partaking of this reward?
What are you doing to achieve it
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