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Summary: Now, it is possible for every person to overcome and defeat death.

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Defeating Death

John 11

Introduction:

1. In this day of modern medicine, it is not unusual for a person to quit breathing and be resuscitated. “Resuscitate” means “to revive from apparent death.”

2. But when someone has been dead (person or animal) for four days, this doesn’t happen. At least, I have never heard of it! Except for once, a little over 2,000 years ago, and it is recorded right here in our text.

3. This event from the life of Christ happened in the town of Bethany (map or picture). Read verses 1-3. Lazarus ends up dying before Jesus Christ gets there and is dead for four days.

4. This set the stage for Jesus to perform His greatest miracle of His ministry

vs. 38-44). Wow! You talk about drama. Wouldn’t you have loved to have been there?

• Christ had already healed blind eyes, opened deaf ears, healed crippled people who had never walked, and He had even raised up two other people from the dead (Luke 7:2-15). But they were only dead for a few hours.

• This was a miracle that even the critics couldn’t deny. They were getting worried that Christ might take over their religious positions (vs. 47-48, 53 – kind of silly).

5. But many that day did the sane and rational thing. They believed on Jesus Christ. They said, “Yep, no doubt, He is the Son of God, the Messiah, and the Savior of this world. We believe it!” vs. 45

6. However, within a week, His critics would put Him to death on the cross. And then three days later, He would walk out of that tomb, showing Himself alive by many infallible proofs (Acts 1:3). Now, it is possible for every person to overcome and defeat death.

Death is a reality for every person.

1. Did you know death doesn’t care who you know or what your financial portfolio looks like? Did you know death doesn’t care how old you are or what your house looks like?

2. According to our text, Lazarus’s family was obviously wealthy. In those days, only the wealthy had tombs with stones in front. Not only this, Lazarus was a personal friend of Jesus and the twelve disciples. It didn’t matter. He still got sick and died. So, what do we learn from this story?

3. Death is no respecter of persons. It comes knocking on every person’s door. Psalm 89:48; Hebrews 9:27

4. Why is this? Because of something that entered the world shortly after God created it, and that thing is called sin. Adam and Eve were warned, but disobeyed God anyway. We have all felt the repercussions of what occurred that day.

Romans 5:12

5. We all have an inherent tendency to do the things we know are wrong, even when we don’t want to, because we know they will harm us. And many times we still do them because their influence is so strong. Sin ultimately leads to physical and spiritual death for every person. Romans 6:23

Death can be followed by life.

1. Does that sound strange? You say, “You got that backwards. If you’re dead, you’re dead.” Many people believe that when you die, you’re dead, and that’s it.


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