Jesus said to her, “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?”
The resurrection of Jesus is the great hope of those who have believed in Him. Because Jesus was resurrected, every one of us who have believed in Him we have the certainty that we too will rise in time ordained by God. Having such conviction, the disciples and all true Christians throughout history have not hesitated to risk their lives for the faith. In John 11:25-26, the Lord is identified as the resurrection and the life. In addition, Jesus promises that everyone who believes in him, even though he is dead, he will live and not die.
The resurrection is the pillar of the Christian faith and Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:12-21: Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
I love what Paul says in verse 19: If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. The most pitiable means: Feeling pain and sorrow by misfortune or suffering of another person; compassion that one has evil of another; feeling of pity for the suffering of others. Therefore, Christians who only rely on what Jesus Christ can do for them in this life are to be pitied.
It is unfortunate that today many people walk in search of Jesus only to solve their present problems. They become Christians to get a job, that their businesses prosper, in order to solve their immigration matters, to fix their problems with their partner or to get one; but they do not take into account that the most important thing is not the life we see but what will happen to each of us in eternity. Is it more important what happens to us in this life than what happens in eternity? Of course it is not because this life is short, but eternity is endless.
When we internalize that Jesus promised us an abundant life that would last forever, our eyes will be focused more towards the eternal than to the temporal. Then it will make more sense to us what it says John 11:25-26. And our reaction will be similar to that of Stephen when he was stoned to death. It is important to make root in us what the Lord says: 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. Hard times are approaching and only those who truly believe in these words not waver in faith. God bless you.