Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11: 25 – 26
Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, had died and to make a point Jesus delayed getting to Bethany where he had died. By the time he got there, Lazarus had been dead for four days. This was to repel all doubt that he was actually dead and not just unconscious. Jesus met Lazarus’ sister, Martha, telling her that he would rise again, to which she replied that she knew that he would rise in the resurrection at the last day. She already believed in the resurrection of the dead. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead that the witnesses may believe that he was sent by God. He affirmed his claim of being the resurrection and the life by raising Lazarus. He practically demonstrated his power of death and that he was the giver of life. This wasn’t the only time he raised someone from the dead. When he was in Nain he raised a widow’s son from the dead as well. However, these would die again, but Jesus said that he who believes in him would live, even though he dies. Jesus wasn’t claiming to do away with natural death that happens to everyone. He was talking about the second death.
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars —they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. Revelation 21: 8
Jesus predicted that he would rise from the dead after being crucified.
The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again. Luke 24: 7
By dying on the cross he took on himself the punishment of death for the sin of the world that would lead to the second death. By rising from the dead he defeated death once for all, for all who believe.
We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15: 51 – 57
Jesus is the resurrection and the life, and all who have entered into him have overcome death and received life. We have no fear of death as it has been defeated. We have an absolute hope of the resurrection, and eternal life, as Noah had hope of being saved from the flood as long as he remained in the ark.