As we approach Easter, Program Directors in Antioch, Gurnee, and Wheeling are guiding teens through devotions and discussion about who Jesus says He is.  

Through the month of March, we’ve been covering Jesus’ claim in John 11:25, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.”  What a bold statement. What does it mean?

Jesus offered these words to a grieving Mary and Martha at the death of their brother Lazarus.  Jewish culture believed in resurrection, that the body would be raised from the dead at the end of time. Martha affirmed that belief in her conversation with Jesus, “ “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” (v. 24). 

Jesus replied with warmth and conviction. “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though he dies. And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (v. 25, 26). 

In this response, He reveals that He is more than a future hope when everything is made right.  He is also the present hope of each person’s life. He is personal. And present.  

Dear friend, how do you respond to Jesus’ claim?  And how do you answer His question, “do you believe this?” 

As we approach Holy Week and Easter Sunday, ponder this statement Jesus makes about Himself.  What difference does this make in your life today and the life to come? 

We pray a joyful Easter for you and your family.  And we ask you to join with us that this Easter will be meaningful and memorable for our precious teen parents and their little ones.

He is the Resurrection and the Life!  Happy Easter!