Chapter 42 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: Do you believe this? (John 11.26).
This question was asked of a grieving sister as they approached the tomb of her beloved brother.
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?” (John 11.25-26).
The resurrection is what sets our Lord apart from a thousand other gurus and self-proclaimed prophets who have come along through the centuries. The question, “Do you believe this?” is what drives any responsible hearer to either accept or reject the Christian faith.
This bottom line question is personal, pointed and precise.
It’s personal. Do you believe this? Not … were you brought up in a Christian home. Not … this is what I have always been taught. Do you believe this?
It’s pointed. Do you believe this? Do you really believe. This isn’t a casual kind of agreement. The gospel hangs on this.
It’s precise. Do you believe this? You can’t believe He was just a good teacher or another prophet. Do you believe this? Hawkins:
Do we believe what? Note the context. Jesus asked this question on the direct heels of an amazing claim: “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?” (John 11: 25– 26, empahsis added).
Do you believe this— Jesus’ claim of deity? “I am the resurrection and the life.” Using the words “I am” captured the attention of those around Him. John’s gospel records an “I am” statement by Jesus seven times. We first hear God use this “I am” statement way back in Exodus 3: 13–14 when Moses asked the voice from the burning bush to reveal His name. God simply instructed Moses to tell the children of Israel, “I AM has sent me to you.” When Jesus said, “I am,” all those listening recognized it to be an affirmation of His deity.
The most fundamental belief of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth is God Himself. This is why the apostle Paul would say, “He is the image of the invisible God. . . . All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1: 15– 16). It was this faith in His deity that would later lead Paul, the disciples, and so many early believers to their own martyrs’ deaths.
Do you believe this – Jesus’s claim of diety? But there is more to understand about this question. In verse 25 Jesus said, “though he may die,” meaning “though you may die.” Hawkins:
Do you believe this?— Jesus’ claim about destiny? “Though he may die . . . he shall live” (John 11: 25). What Jesus means is, the body may die, but not the spirit. There is a part of you that will live on as long as God lives, which is forever. Do you believe His claim that death is not the end; that even though our bodies will one day die, we will still live in spirit? There is another life that is more than a million times longer than this one: it is an eternity we will spend . . . with Him. Do you believe this? Do you believe Jesus’ claim about His deity and our own death and destiny?
May we all answer this question as Martha did, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God” (John 11.27).
Next week’s question: Do you love me more than these? (John 21.15).
Last week’s question: “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” (John 6.9). Read it here.
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