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The Miracles in John: Lesson 8: Raising Lazarus from the Dead

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Nov 17, 2005
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Adults

Summary: World says seeing is believing, but God says the opposite; believing is seeing. “If you would believe, you would see the glory of God” (11:40).

1. When did this miracle occur? Winter after Purim, December (John 10:22) and before Passover (John 11:55).

2. Where did the miracle occur? Bethany, east of Jerusalem (11:1).

3. Why does Jesus wait? “When He (Jesus) had heard . . . He abode two days in the same place” (11:6).

• Our agendas are not God’s. “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord” (Isa. 55:8).

• We are self motivated. “Jesus saw her weeping” (11:33).

• To show us our unbelief. Martha believed Jesus could stop Lazarus from dying, but not raise him from the dead.

• To testify to outsiders. “Then many of the Jews . . . believed on Him” (11:45).

• To give time for circumstances to develop. Lazarus was sick; Jesus let the pathology run its course.

• To glorify God. “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God” (11:4).

4. How did Jesus relate to His disciples? A teaching opportunity. “I was glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe” (11:15).

• Jesus waits for a purpose. “He (Jesus) stayed two more days (11:6).

• Jesus is unafraid. “The Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?” (11:8).

• Jesus answers in a parable to get them to think. “Are there not twelve hours in a day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world” (11:9).

a. Sunlight.

b. Spiritual light.

• Jesus answers by theology. “Lazarus sleepeth” (11:11, KJV).

Disciples thought sleep was therapy.

• Jesus answers plainly. “Lazarus is dead” (11:14). Impossible for anyone to die in Jesus’ presence. “Let us go to him” (11:15).

Paul said, “I am persuaded that neither death nor life . . . shall be able to separate us from the love of God” (Rom. 8:38-39).

• Jesus still has a relationship to Lazarus, even in death.

• Thomas’ doubt is revealed. “Let us also go that we may die with him” (11:16).

Thomas will die for the love which he has, but it will not affect the faith which he has not” -Wescott

5. How does Jesus answer Martha’s disappointment? “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (11:21).

a. Blames Jesus.

b. Death clouds our thinking.

• Martha thought Jesus was inferior to God. “Whatever you ask of God, God will give you” (11:22). The word for ask is an inferior asking a superior.

• Martha believed in the principle of resurrection, but not the person. “I know He will rise again in the resurrection” (11:24).

• The answer of Jesus. “I am the resurrection” (11:25).

6. How does Jesus answer Mary’s discouragement?

• Martha grieved inwardly (cut self off from help), and Mary wept outwardly. “The Jews . . . followed her, saying she is going to the tomb to weep there” (11:31).

• Mary is always seen at the feet of Jesus. “She (Mary) fell down at His feet” (11:32). Our unbelief hurts Jesus. “When Jesus saw . . . He groaned in His spirit and was troubled” (11:33).

• Jesus weeps with us. “Jesus wept” (11:35).

Why did Jesus weep?

• The ignorance of His disciples.

• He weeps with Martha and Mary.

• The callousness of the Jews (11:46).

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