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WHI-1142 | I Am the Resurrection

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What does Jesus mean about being "the door"? What is significant about his claiming to be the "good shepherd" who "lays down his life for the sheep"? What does he mean when he says "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live"? On this edition of White Horse Inn the hosts will interact with these passages in more detail as they focus on chapters ten and eleven of John's Gospel.

What does Jesus mean about being "the door"? What is significant about his claiming to be the "good shepherd" who "lays down his life for the sheep"? What does he mean when he says "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live"? On this edition of White Horse Inn the hosts will interact with these passages in more detail as they focus on chapters ten and eleven of John's Gospel.




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  • Guest - Chris

    That is the first time that I've heard Jesus' words, "I am the resurrection," explained as His declaration of being God.

    It's as if he was saying, "You hope in God for new life on the last day. I'm here now. It's me..."

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    We believe in Him with a measure of heavenly faith--the God who became flesh and who lives for us because of His great love for us. And since we are united with Him, though we die, we will surely live with Him.

    Those who do not believe on Him--the God of the resurrection--that is, those who have not received a faith that binds, such as Martha's, can not rise again to life on the last day because they are not part of Him; one with Him; included with He who bears life. They remain and die in their sins, and are judged by the full measure of the Holy Law. At that time, having been "called out" by the law's good standard, they will be seen just as they are...naked and without the merit one must attain in order to ascend into heaven; having, "clean hands and a pure heart."

    In Jesus Christ however, the Resurrection of Life in whom we hope, such merit has come into our possession (that being not of ourselves), since we have been united with Him by grace through faith, and because He is Pure. Now we hope for mercy from God on the Last Day, because we know that His wrath against sin has been extinguished by the death of His Son on the cross, and that God has been satisfied once and for all time.

    Now that our sin is atoned for, we being sinners hope for mercy, that we too might be included into Christ by God's gracious, merciful, and compassionate choice. The whole world has fallen into sin, but He has died to be a certain satisfation for the sins of that world--that is, the whole world that is included into Christ by faith. For His atonement is not limited to my type of sin or person, but extends to include every type of sinner and person, with the exclusion of no type at all! In this we must be fully confident and sure...that His grace extends to all manner of sinners, great and "small." The sins of the whole world.

    But only those who believe, who are united to Him by His grace, through His gift of faith, are saved.

    Therefore let us be confident that He has paid in full the price for our own sin, and believe on Him--the God who is the Resurrection--that we may have hope of life beyond this cold world. Understanding that He has done everything for us, His called and chosen, for the love and joy of His only Son, who loves us as a true husband does for his desired bride.

    Oh Christ! What have you done for us!?! What is this? Can we ever fully understand? Do we really know? But you have given yourself to death, for our sake and for our sin. May we come to our senses, and in the spirit of our weeping mother Mary--the one who anointed Your body for burial with tears and costly perfume--cry out ourselves with bittersweet love for You. We know that You went to the grave for us, even though you knew us and our sinfullness, and we know that you still purchased us--unworthy and ungrateful servants who aren't fit to untie the sandels from your feet.

    You have done something so great for us. Grant us to understand your love, which you have made known by your Word, so that we too may love as well--the appropriate air of a bride who is beloved; who has become enraptured.

    Ephesians 2:4-7

    Chris Jager
    Tillamook, OR

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  • Guest - Mark Anderson

    The link to the discussion group questions is broken.

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  • Guest - Bruce

    Chris
    It is the realization of our sinfulness and what we are saved from because of Christ work on the cross that actually causes us to want to sin less and less. This is what is ment when we are told to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling"
    We look at God and look at ourselves and it causes us to shake our heads at our selves as we see the wonder, and greatness of salvation

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  • Guest - Chris

    Bruce,

    Not sure if you were contesting something, but I think the greatest biblical example of your comment is Mary anointing the body of Jesus for burial with the perfume. She knew how great her sin was--that she was nothing. She came into the room in humility and lowliness at the understanding of her own sin, and the greatness of Jesus--the Christ. I believe she trusted and hoped that she might receive mercy from one who forgives sin--justifying the ungodly.

    Jesus relates this to his burial anointing, saying that what she has done will be remembered wherever the gospel is preached. I believe this is because we all must come to this state--the same state as Mary in the realization of our great sin--before we can truly know the goodness of the gospel and so "love much" because we know how great was the depth from which we were forgiven.

    It is the cross of Christ where we see our sinfulness, and the righteousness and goodness of God in the death of Jesus Christ. It is at the cross, and in seeing the proof of the resurrection, that the fruit of the Spirit springs forth in the work of the Spirit that the cross enables. Indeed, here we see our sanctification and the fruit thereof: love, peace, patience, and every other good deed.

    1 John 4:10, 1 John 4:18, 1 John 5:3

    Thanks Bruce,

    Chris Jager,
    Tillmook, OR

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  • Guest - Chris

    Ooops! Typo! That was supposed to be 1 John 4:15, not 18.

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  • Guest - Bruce

    Not contesting just elaborateing

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