Death has no power in the presence of life and when I speak of life I speak of the one that gives life - 'I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly'(John 10:10) Jesus said!
'The words I say unto you they are Spirit and they are life'(John 6:63). And so when he got to the tomb of Lazarus and spake these words: ‘Lazarus come forth', they were not just ordinary words but life impacting, live-giving words, and so the dead Lazarus came back to life!
Jesus is life! And in his life-giving presence death has no power!
Now mark these words of his when he got to Martha's house to raise Lazarus. John 11:20-26. Martha told him of how Lazarus couldn't have died if Jesus was there. This is really the truth! However Jesus assured him, 'He shall rise again'! But Martha was thinking theology, so she replied, 'I know he will rise on the last day'. And that's where Jesus has to shout this truth out to Martha, which was the fifth 'i am' statement He would proclaim in the book of John: I am the resurrection and the life. In other words, the resurrection is not a theology the resurrection is a person and ‘i am' that person!
Later when he appeared to John in Revelation he proclaimed the same truth, 'I am he that liveth and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forever more, Amen: and have the keys of hell and death'(Revelation 1:18)! Hallelujah!
Martha did not get it; she thought the resurrection was an event: yes on the last day all the dead in Christ will rise and we ought to teach this truth. But here Jesus pointed out, the resurrection is much more than an event, it is a person! He is the resurrection and life!
Martha thought the victory over death was a future expectation; Jesus corrected her, showing that victory is a present reality - now!
And so to prove that the 'i am' is the resurrection and life he called Lazarus forth with his words and he that was dead came back to life! Whatever has been dead in your life up until this moment as you read these words there is a coming back to life in the name of Jesus! Amen!
Our faith in the resurrection is what establishes our dominion over death. And this is what we experienced when we gave our lives to the Lord: we that were 'dead in sin' are resurrected back to life and hence sin and death have no more dominion over us again! (Romans 6:8-12).
‘8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof’
The resurrection, therefore, is the completion of our victory over sin and death!
Jesus is that resurrection as he proclaimed and our faith in Him is what seals our dominion over death and its sting! And so like Paul we can ask, "Oh death where is this sting, oh grave where is thy power. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."