There were dozens of messianic movements 2,000 years ago. Why is Jesus a historical figure who, even today, we’ve not only just heard of, but actually still commands a vast following? In today’s Take Five, Sam Allberry asks us to reconsider and examine Jesus’ statement, “I am the resurrection and the life” as an unbelievable, ground-breaking claim.
Why is Jesus Christ the one who, even today, we’ve not only just heard of, but actually still commands a vast following? Well the answer to that question lies in one word: resurrection.
It doesn’t matter how good you are; it doesn’t matter how healthy you are; it doesn’t matter how religious you are. All of us will have to face death, and so, when someone claims to be the resurrection and the life, we need to pay attention.
When that same person himself is raised, not just from death back to the life that he had before, but raised from death into new life into resurrection life, then nothing could be more urgent than examining his claims.
Make it Personal
What is the practical outworking in your life of the idea that Jesus is the resurrection and the life?
If death is a universal for humanity, what would it look like to point to Jesus as a universal remedy for our malady?