Summary: Jesus is our life.
S: Jesus, death, life
Pr: JESUS IS OUR LIFE.
The _____ parallel with our lives is…
I. When you need help, call on Jesus.
II. When you don’t have Jesus, you’re dead.
III. When you don’t like the delay, learn to wait.
IV. When you are sad, you can cry.
V. When you are overwhelmed, recognize that Jesus is bigger.
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ILL Notebook: Death (surprise me)
It was a difficult subject to bring before his aged mother, but John felt that he must.
"Mom, you are no longer a spring chicken and you do need to think ahead of what will happen in the future. Why don’t we make arrangements about when..... you know... when... you pass on?"
The mother didn’t say anything, just sat there staring ahead.
"I mean, Mom, like.... how do you want to finally go? Do you want to be buried? Cremated?"
There was yet another long pause. Then the mother looked up and said, "Son, why don’t you surprise me?"
Well, one thing is for sure…
1. Death is the one subject that throws us off.
When it occurs, we are often left not knowing what to say.
Not only that, we are often full of questions.
Why did things happen the way they did?
Couldn’t there be some other way?
Consider, though, this story…
ILL Death (Geisinger Med. Ctr)
Many years ago, an event happened at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania that was unforgettable. The chaplain was called to the bedside of a woman who had a severe heart attack. By the time she got there, the woman had been pronounced dead. All the staff had gone except a doctor and a nurse.
She turned to leave, but she felt God telling her to stay. So she entered the room, sat down, and started to pray. And as she prayed, she felt the Holy Spirit praying through her. Suddenly, the dead woman bolted straight up and cried, “What’s going on here?”
Now, who was more frightened – the woman, the staff, or the chaplain – is hard to say. But one thing for sure, it was unexpected!
Well, that chaplain would be left with more questions about life and death.
But she also may be able to sympathize with many of the characters in today’s story that were faced with a life and death situation in an unforeseen way.
The first thing that is worth noting is that…
1. Jesus has friends (1-4).
 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.  It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill.  So the sisters sent to him, saying, "Lord, he whom you love is ill."  But when Jesus heard it he said, "This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it."
This was a family that was very dear to Jesus.