John 11:25–26 (ESV)
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
“I am the resurrection and the life. Jesus’ concern is to divert Martha’s focus from an abstract belief in what takes place on the last day, to a personalized belief in him who alone can provide it. Just as he not only gives the bread from heaven (6:27) but is himself the bread of life (6:35), so also he not only raises the dead on the last day (5:21, 25ff.) but is himself the resurrection and the life. There is neither resurrection nor eternal life outside of him.”
Carson, D. A. (1991). The Gospel according to John (p. 412). Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity Press; W.B. Eerdmans.
Do you believe this? This has to be one of the hardest questions Jesus ever asked. He did not ask Martha, “Did your brother, who is in the tomb now, believe this?” or “Does your sister believe this?” No, he plainly asks Martha, “Do you believe this?”
It is a personal question. A question only Martha could answer for herself. Yet, her answer is not what we would expect. We would expect her to say, “Yes, Lord; I believe in you and know that eternal life is given by you to all who believe.” Or something like that…
Instead, she answers, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” Curious, isn’t it? She not only believes that the resurrection will happen (something the Sadducees denied), but she affirms that only the Messiah, the promised One of God, could be the resurrection and the life. She is confident in her belief, it is a personal belief, and she is certain that what Jesus has just told her is true. Namely, she knows that Jesus is the Christ, he is the Son of God and is the one who was coming into the world. She affirms that Jesus, as the Christ and Son of God, is the only one possible of raising the dead and of granting eternal life.
Subsequently, the Lord Jesus could ask the same question of us today and he really does! “Do you believe this?” Do you believe that Jesus was who he said he was? Do you believe that he has the power to make all things new, including you? Do you believe he grants eternal life to those who believe?
Do you believe that he is the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming back into the world to gather his Church?