Celebrating birthdays in our family has always been something I look forward to all throughout the year. For it seems that birthday parties have a way of resetting our family as we stop our normal routines, gather together, give gifts, and remember just how much we mean to each other. Of course, there is always a cake. It is one that is meticulously decorated and topped with candles as it awaits the traditional singing of the “Happy Birthday”song. Once the candles are blown out, the cake is then cut, and each slice placed on a plate ready to be paired with a flavor of ice cream. It is rare that we have only one kind of ice cream at these parties and watching everyone decide which one they want can be quite entertaining! For me, choosing which flavor I will have is not difficult, for I have never met a bowl of ice cream I did not like. I just have to remind myself that regardless of the flavor, I am getting ice cream and that is a “Win, Win” situation for me.
In a strange kind of way, I think of the following “I Am” statement by Jesus as a “Win, Win” situation for all of us as well. John 11:25–26 (NKJV) says, “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?’”
Jesus, when making this statement, is speaking to Martha whose brother Lazarus had become sick and died. Martha obviously believes that if Jesus would have arrived sooner Lazarus would not have died, as recorded in her conversation with Him just moments before. John 11:21-24 (NKJV) says, “Now Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to Him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’”
Martha understood that “in the future” Lazarus would be resurrected, but her choice would be that Lazarus would be there alive and with them “in the present.”
By making the “I Am” statement, Jesus is saying, “I am the resurrection” (future life) and “I am the life” (present life).
“I am both!”
“Live or die, you will be with Me!”
“I am a ‘Win, Win’ situation!”
When mankind disobeyed God and brought sin into the world, death came with it. Both present and future death became alive (Genesis 2:16-17). God has provided freedom from the judgment of present and future death through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.
You may view Jesus as the resurrection.
You may view Jesus as the life.
Either way, you are with Him.
That is a “Win, Win!”