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John 11:26 says, “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Jesus was speaking of the resurrection of Lazarus from the dead in this passage. He told Martha and Mary the truth about the resurrection and that Lazarus would be resurrected then, and later; when it was time.

In this story, Lazarus had become ill. Jesus did not arrive on the scene until Lazarus was already dead and buried for four days. The disciples of Jesus rendered a very common religious view of the situation by saying, “Lord, if he sleeps (is dead) he will get well” (John 11:12). Many believe today that sometimes it is not God’s will for them to be healed here on this earth, but once they get to heaven, far off in the future—some day; they will be healed and whole.

John 11:13-14 says, "However, Jesus spoke of His death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep (same root word mentioned in V.12, meaning, ‘deceased’). Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”

Jesus taught this in V.23-24, “Jesus said to her, “Your brother (Lazarus) will rise again. Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day”  Martha did not believe in a now resurrection.”  Many today do not believe in a (now healing), or a (now blessing); but only healing and blessing in the sweet bye and bye.

Jesus said to Martha in verse 25-26, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  Even after four days, Lazarus was raised or resurrected from the dead.

This incident recorded in the gospel of John occurred before Jesus was crucified. Much of the gospels contain a period of time in which Old Testament theology was practiced. Jesus is always to be our balance in supporting New Covenant Truth. He said to Martha, “Do you believe this?”  And the question being asked today is: Do you have faith in the resurrection?  

Why was Jesus resurrected?  Romans 4:25 says, “(Jesus) who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.” The word ‘offenses’ in this verse means, a side slip (lapse or deviation), which causes an unintentional error or a willful transgression. Jesus was not put to death because of any wrong He had done, but because of both the unintentional errors and the willful transgressions of mankind. And the word ‘justification’ means, to render (show or regard as) just or innocent. And Jesus was raised from the dead for our justification, which declares you and I righteous before God.

The death of Jesus was the payment required to obtain eternal redemption for you and me. But the resurrection of Jesus was the unveiling of our justification, even as He was unveiled as alive forevermore and released from the grave eternally.
…we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep (Greek means deceased). For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.” 
(1 Thess. 4:15-16)
Some believe only in a spiritual resurrection, but this verse speaks of (a corpse) being resurrected from the dead on that day, which means someone who is physically dead.

Jesus commanded all of His disciples to go and “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons” (Matt. 10:8). That is just what Jesus did with Lazarus and others as recorded in the gospels. Still, many did not believe. Jesus said to Martha, “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

In 2 Timothy 2, Hymenaeus and Philetus said, “the resurrection is already past…” It is more commonly believed that these two accepted the resurrection of Jesus, but didn’t believe that anyone else would encounter a physical resurrection. And there were some who believed that there was only a spiritual resurrection but not a physical resurrection. These teachings brought confusion to new believers in Christ.

Today, when we deny that the dead can be raised—now—on this earth—in this life, we deny the teachings of Jesus, the Son of the Living God. Maybe you can’t accept that God wants to heal you now. Maybe you don’t agree that God can set you free from sickness and disease. And maybe you absolutely do not accept that demons can be cast out. But, if you only believe in an end-time resurrection, then you will miss out on the “now revelation” of the Truth, which you can walk in while here on this earth. And just as Martha said, “I know that (Lazarus) will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  Yet Jesus raised him from the dead before their eyes on that every day.

Romans 6:4: “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”  And this means that because of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, we have the opportunity to think differently, live differently and to walk in a new life—or in a new way of living.…Think about it!

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Author Biography

Bill Hanshew
Web site: Bill Hanshew Ministries
Dr. Bill Hanshew started preaching at the age of 17, was a youth pastor at the age of 18 and was a senior pastor at the age of 20. Bill loves to preach, teach, write and lead worship.

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