Earlier, I mentioned that one could spend all of Lent on John 11. While I don’t plan on doing that, today I was reflecting on the exchange between Jesus and Martha. Jesus makes a direct statement about who He is, and Martha responds by stating a belief that goes beyond what Jesus said.
John is called “The Theologian” for a reason. While the other three gospels focus on what Jesus did and what Jesus taught, John really focuses on who Jesus was. John begins with telling how Jesus is the definitive revelation of God, and it ends telling how Jesus is a greater revelation than any writing could ever be. Of the Gospels, John is unique — John directly deals with the divinity of Christ.
Christians believe in resurrection. Without resurrection, our faith makes very little sense. Our hope for salvation, restoration, and life are tied up in the idea of resurrection. We seek to participate in resurrection, not only in the last days, but we seek to live renewed life with Christ. Resurrection is both a hope for what comes and a metaphor for the life of faith. Jesus is, as the resurrection and the life, both our hope for the future and the life that Christians seek to live in the now.
We look for the resurrection, and we look forward to the life that is to come. God willing, we are Lazarus.