I Am The Resurrection And The Life | Sermon John 11:25




TYPE: Topical/Expository

TITLE: “I Am The Resurrection and the Life”

PROPOSITION: Jesus is the resurrection. Identifying Jesus in this way means that He is 1) The Son of God, 2) Powerful and Authoritative, 3) The bringer of hope, 4) The bringer of life, 5) The Promiser, 6) The Overcomer, 7) The Future.

OBJECTIVE: Each hearer will be able to grasp the significance of this claim, understand how it relates to us today, and relate how this affects our future.

AIM: I want to convincingly show that the history of the resurrection, our baptism, and the hope we have for the future should motivate each individual to more dedicated service in their life to the Christ.


1. Read: John 11:25-26 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

2. About the Text:

1) Background of this chapter-Lazarus.

2) Jesus’ conversation with Martha.

3) One of the signs that John points out (John 20:30-31).

3. About the Resurrection

1) Most central doctrine of Christianity (1 Corinthians 15).

2) John’s statement: John 19:35 “And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.”

4. The “I am” statements.

1) This one “I am” statement tells us more about Jesus than any other statement.

2) Who is Jesus?

a. He is the Son of God.

b. He is the one who has power and authority.

c. He is the one who brings hope.

d. He is the one who gives life to the dead.

e. He is the one who promises a great future for the faithful.

f. He is the one who overcame death.

g. He is the one who saves through baptism.

5. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: Identifying Jesus as the resurrection identifies him as . . .

I.   The Son of God

1. Only the Son of God could make such a claim.

2. John 11:27 “She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I have believed that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, {even} he that cometh into the world.”

3. John 9:35 “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?”

4. John 20:30-31

5. The resurrection of Lazarus from the dead substantiated His claim as the Son of God.

6. His own resurrection provides undeniable proof that He is who He says He is.

II. ¬†Powerful and Authoritative

1. Read John 11:39-45

1) There was no doubt concerning his own power in this act.

2) With great confidence and power Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

3) Notice the great result-people acknowledged his authority.

2. With the same power, Jesus was resurrected. The same authority accompanies this power.

3. John 5:25-27 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself, even so gave he to the Son also to have life in himself: and he gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man.”

4. Peter preached of this power and authority in Acts 2:22-36.

5. Paul acknowledged this power in Philippians3:8-11 “Yea verily, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, {even} that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death; if by any means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead.”

III. The Bringer of Hope

1. John 11:25-26 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth on me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

1) The dead live.

2) The living shall never die.

2. Acts 24:14-15 “But this I confess unto thee, that after the Way which they call a sect, so serve I the God of our fathers, believing all things which are according to the law, and which are written in the prophets; having hope toward God, which these also themselves look for, that there shall be a resurrection both of the just and unjust.”

1) We have hope that we will be resurrected and that in that new form we will live forever with Christ.

2) 1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know that, if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him even as he is.”

3. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 “But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”

IV.  The Bringer of Life

1. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25

2. He brought new life to Lazarus.

3. He brings new life to those who put their trust in Him.

1) Romans 6:6-8 “knowing this, that our old man was crucified with {him}, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin; for he that hath died is justified from sin. But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.”

2) Colossians 2:10 “and have put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him:”

3) 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Wherefore if any man is in Christ, {he is} a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new.”

4. He brings eternal life to those who believe on him.

1) John mentions eternal life more than any other gospel writer.

2) John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life; but he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

3) John 6:40 “For this is the will of my Father, that every one that beholdeth the Son, and believeth on him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

4) Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

V.   The Promiser of Salvation

1. John 11:25-26 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth on me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

2. Do you believe in the promise of Jesus in this passage?

3. Notice what he says in John 5:28-29 “Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment.”

1) Herein is a great promise of Christ.

2) Do we believe this promise?

4. The resurrection of Christ assures us that this promise will occur. Acts 17:30, 31 “The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent: inasmuch as he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”

5. Hebrews 6:17-20 “Wherein God, being minded to show more abundantly unto the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed with an oath; that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us: which we have as an anchor of the soul, {a hope} both sure and stedfast and entering into that which is within the veil; whither as a forerunner Jesus entered for us, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”

VI.  The Overcomer

1. Jesus said to Lazarus, “Lazarus, come forth.” (John 11:43).

2. Through this statement, Lazarus overcame the bonds of death and was resurrected.

3. Jesus has overcome death itself never more to die. He is the firstfruits.

4. 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 “But now hath Christ been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of them that are asleep. For since by man {came} death, by man {came} also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”

5. We shall also overcome death nevermore to die if we believe in Him and are faithful to Him.

6. Read 1 Corinthians 15:50-57

7. Romans 6:8-11 “But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him; knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death no more hath dominion over him. For the death that he died, he died unto sin once: but the life that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Even so reckon ye also yourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive unto God in Christ Jesus.”

VII. The Savior

1. Jesus provides for salvation through the resurrection.

2. Read Romans 6:1-11

3. Read Colossians 2:12 “having been buried with him in baptism, wherein ye were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.”

4. 1 Peter 3:21 “which also after a true likeness doth now save you, {even} baptism, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the interrogation of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ;”


1. The statement, “I am the resurrection and the life” speaks volumes.

1) He is the Son of God.

2) He is powerful and authoritative.

3) He is the bringer of life.

4) He is the bringer of hope.

5) He is the Promiser of salvation.

6) He is the Overcomer.

7) He is the Savior.

2. Invitation

1) Are you faithful to Him today?

2) Your hope rests in Him.

3) If you are not a Christian this morning . . .

a. Jesus resurrection provides for your salvation today.

b. Become his disciple through accepting the power of his resurrection.

a) Hear the word; Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing . . .”

b) Believe with all your heart; Hebrews 11:6 “For without faith it is impossible . . . .”

c) Repent of your sins (Acts 17:30).

d) Confess Jesus as the Son of God (Matthew 16:16).

e) Be Baptized for the remission of your sins (Mark 16:15-16).

6 Responses to “I Am The Resurrection And The Life | Sermon John 11:25”

  1. recently there was the all souls day we have preached to many people those who came to the cementry to pray for their love ones those died what a great hope we have given to them about Resurrection of Jesus thanks keep inform us more

  2. Charley Stark says:

    I been reading you web-site and need some information as I still do not understand, would you PLEASE give me some advice!!
    I am 65 year old and live in Logan New Mexico, 201 Mohawk Dr. 88426, phone 575-487-0020 and my life is and has is pure hell.
    I been married 4 times, smoked now for over fifty years, drank for forty years and then on day I just stopped, because of thinking about all the pain I cause people I guess. I have diabetes, ADD, the hiccups for over a year now and have been to eight doctors with no relief, have evil thoughts day and night, bad things happening all the time and on an on it goes every day and night. I bite my tongue and lips and they are sore all the time. I have ground my teeth till they are worn out. I scracth my head and its sore all the time.
    When I was a child, my Dad cursed me all the time, and called me all kinds of names and said “I would make a preacher swear”
    I have forgiven him the best I know how and anyone else that has hurt me or I hurt them.
    I have prayed for years now repenting of my sins and they have been many, and know when I get up they will be there again, I have nothing to look forward to! I have been so mad I cursed Satan and even God in my stupidity, which I have repented for and repented for. Had people pray for me, many,many time.I made arrangements for a guy to meet me, as he was going across the U.S. delivering people a casting out demons.I did ever thing he said and repeat every thing he told me to and still nothing changed! And I still pray day and night!
    I think of God day and night, for years now. I have no friends, not even my wife, as she is drunk most of the time and does not want to talk to me. I have terrible thoughts and dreams, night and day, I hate myself and the thoughts I have. No matter what I do I cannot resist them.
    I have asked God thousands of times for the Holy Spirit and nothing more, I would do anything He tells me but I cannot hear Him.
    I getting to the point I cannot feel any more and am scared.
    I have diabetes and ADD, also I have had the hiccups for over a year now, and have been to eight doctors and no relief at all, also I am in debt around $50 thousand dollars and all this is driving me crazy, if I am not already crazy,all I want is the Holy Spirit to help and guild me!
    God says I create evil and the destroyer and I guess in my heart I hate that because of all the bad things that are happening and has happened to me. I just do not know what to do! I read the bible and all is does is confuse me.Do I have a generation curse? I have seen on t.v. and the Internet hundreds of people God saved and pray I could give my testimony.
    It says in Romans He hated Esau before he was born, it says it no of him who will or runs it who He shows mercy on. If I am a vessel destruction, how would I know? Then it says in John that He is the savior of all men, now that is love! One thing is I do believe Jesus died and was resurrected on the third day.
    If I am a vessel of destruction, I might as well quit taking me meds as that is what I am fixing to do! if things do not change, as I am nothing without Jesus.
    I pray you would give me a answer to all this, and please pray for me as I am all prayed out! The more I pray the worst it gets……….thank you very much for your time charley stark

    P.S. I had to go to the doctor about a sore on my tougue and he thinks it might be cancer and is sending me to Lubbock Tex. He said if it is cancer I must quit smoking and I can’t do it.PLEASE,PLEASE ASK THE FATHER TO SEND ME THE HOLY SPIRIT!!

    You may publish my name,email, address or anything you want to!

  3. A servant of christ says:

    Well Charley Stark..that is quite the story.
    I can’t say I have ever gone through anything like you’ve explained in your testimony.
    But what I can and what I do know is that, The Lord is a HEALER! He has healed me completely from many things.. I was supposed to be in a wheelchair, but God’s grace in my life, He has given me the strenth to walk!! You can quit smoking if you put your faith in Him!

    I see that you posted this a while back..so I don’t know if you’ll read this or not. But I will be praying for you Charley Stark. I pray such an anointing over your life that you will be able to quit drinking, smoking, bad thoughts, bad dreams & whatever else is effecting your life. I pray that The Holy Spirit would get such a stronghold on your life and that it would cause your life to be completely changed around. I stand in Faith believing my Jesus will do a work in your life.
    I don;t know if you do have cancer on your tongue or not..I pray it is gone in the name of Jesus!
    May God Bless you and keep you safe in His loving arms.
    Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    Love & prayers
    ~A servant of Christ.

  4. allan says:

    Imagine if your neighbor were to say that he was the resurrection and that if you believed in him you would have eternal life. Then imagine that no one ever said it before and that he was not quoting a well-known holy man. What would you think?

  5. allan says:

    Muslims would say that he was resurrected by God. Many Jews would say that God is our father, not just His, as Jesus himself said in the Lord’s prayer, the only prayer I know of that is attributed to Jesus himself.

    The Wikipedia quotes a leading rabbi:

    Rabbi Aron Mendes Chumaceiro has said[40] that nearly all the elements of the prayer have counterparts in the Jewish Bible and Deuterocanonical books: the first part in Isaiah 63:15-16 (“Look down from heaven and see, from your holy and beautiful habitation … For you are our Father …”)

  6. Mike Sorensen says:

    I am a friend of Charley Stark’s, even though he said he has no friends. I lived in Logan for 5 years and came to know him quite well. I am a believer and are one of those that continue to pray for this man. I know he says he prays but I’m not sure he truly accepted Christ in his heart. Our Father is a healing, forgiving, and loving God and asks us to place Him first in our hearts and faith. He will heal Charley, He will take away all his pain but he has to first, believe. When Charley and I would sit and talk, he was always so negative and untrusting. I was his friend and never asked him for anything yet he often questioned why I wanted to buy him coffee or my wife and I take him to dinner. His wife was in fact an alcoholic and would not speak to me but we always included her in our prayers as well.

    I’ve tried for 6 months now to contact Charley but he has not responded, which is very strange. We’ve always had good communications via email and now he has stopped. I checked with the obituaries for Logan and he is not listed. It might be he no longer has the Internet.

    If he does respond, please tell him I have requested he contact us, we continue to pray for him and not to ever give up. God acts on things in His time, not ours. Just because we want something today doesn’t mean God is going to act on it today. We must be patient, faithful, and always continue to believe.

    Thanks for taking the time to listen to my story. May our Savior bless you and keep you in His arms until He one day arrives to take us home!

    Mike Sorensen

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