After Death, What's Next?

Bruce Fiol

READ : John 11:17-26

Jesus said . . . I am the resurrection and the life. (v. 25)

Every human being, in every culture, asks the same question the ancient patriarch Job
asked: “If a man dies will he live again?” (Job 19:14). Is death the end of everything, or
is there something more?

The answer most give to that question is nothing but speculation—with one big
exception. The only one who died and rose triumphant is fully authorized to declare: “I am
the resurrection and the life” (v. 25).

Jesus was concerned about our response to this sixth “I AM” statement, so he asked,
“[Martha] do you believe this?” (v. 26). Eternal life is his to give to those who trust
him to do with their brokenness, death, and decay what he promises. What Jesus declares is
not speculation, or theory, or explanation, or opinion. Rather, it all comes down to a

I suppose there might be someone, somewhere, who would decline an offer to share in the
eternal life of God, but I have not yet met that individual. So if you would live
eternally, take it from Jesus. Come to him to receive what only he can give. Jesus states
it plainly: “I am the resurrection and the life. I alone give eternal life because I am


Father, by faith we claim the everlasting life Jesus offers to us.