Martha’s brother Lazarus had been dead in his grave for several days. Although Martha had seen Jesus heal many in the past, she was doubtful that Jesus would raise Lazarus to life in the present.

However, there is no “too late” for the Lord Jesus. In the very presence of a dead man, Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25), declaring that this resurrection was not just a future hope, but a present reality. Soon after, Jesus called Lazarus forth from the grave, demonstrating His power over death. In the moment when resurrection was needed most, Christ proved that He was the only way for this man to be revived.

Not long after He made this claim, Jesus endured the cross and then rose from the grave Himself. He proved that He was the resurrection and the life. He proved that what He said was not just a symbolic statement but a physical and spiritual reality.

The resurrection Jesus spoke of encompasses physical life, spiritual life, and eternal life. Jesus was claiming that He is the I am who spoke the earth into motion; He is the God who breathed life into man. He declared that He is not only the giver of physical life but the restorer of spiritual life, transforming slaves to sin into children of God. Lastly, He declared that He is the only assurance of eternal life.

There are philosophers, and there are teachers, but none have fulfilled the claim of being the Messiah. Christ is the only one who has ever died for our sins and ascended into heaven, and there is no other way to be raised from death to life than to trust in Him. There is no other way to live than to live in Christ. Jesus is not just a means to salvation—He is our salvation.

We are all born dead in sin, and only the breath of Christ can awaken us to new life. When Christ declared, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6), He made it clear that there are no shortcuts: He is the only way!

Take some time to reflect on the resurrection of Christ today. Imagine what it will be like to see our Savior face to face, to spend eternity worshiping Him and enjoying His presence. Until then, let us give our lives in worship to the one who gave His life for us.

Prayer: Jesus, You alone are the resurrection and the life. Thank You for defeating the grave so that I may have eternal life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die” (John 11:25-26).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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