Summary: Death is not the final moment. For Christians, it is only a departing from this world and an arrival in God’s presence. The body then awaits the resurrection.

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INTRODUCTION: (v. 1 – 7)

v. 1 Lazarus is sick

Sin brought forth sickness.

We’ve all experienced sickness to some degree.

v.3 Lazarus was loved by the Lord

v. 4 Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick.

When you are sick, Jesus knows, but He wants to hear from you.

Sickness not unto death. Death is a separation.

James 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead,”

That is, it is not going to cause a permanent separation.

v. 5 Martha and her sister Mary, and Lazarus were loved by the Lord.

You can feel the passion of these Scriptures as the writer sets the scene for one of the greatest events in the ministry of Christ. This event will illustrate more perfectly the gospel that He is preaching and the hope that He is presenting.

I. THE REALITY OF IT (v. 11 – 14)

II. THE IGNORANCE OF IT (v. 20 – 27)

III. THE PAIN OF IT (v. 30 – 35)



I. THE REALITY OF IT (v. 11 – 14)

A. Sickness --> Lazarus is Sick (v. 3)

1. We get sick, some more often and more severe than others.

2. Sometimes the sickness is unto death, separation of the spirit and the body.

B. Death --> Lazarus is Dead. (v. 14)

That’s it. That’s as far as we can go, but this isn’t the end.

1. It is an appointment.

Job 7: 1 “Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?”

Job 14:16 “For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?”

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

2. We don’t have power to recover it.

II Samuel 14:14 “For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.”

Job 14:2 “He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a

shadow, and continueth not.”

II. THE IGNORANCE OF IT (v. 20 – 27)

A. What? Lazarus sleeps? There’s hope.

I Thes 4:13 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.”

B. If a man dies?

Job 14:14 “If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.”

What change?

I Corinthians 15:51 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

C. There is a resurrection.

I Thes 4:14 “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”

III. THE PAIN OF IT (v. 30 – 35)

A. Mary and Martha wept. (v. 33)

B. Jesus wept. (v. 35)

C. You will weep.

Psalms 30:5 “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

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