"LAZARUS, COME FORTH!"
or "A CHRISTIANAS RESPONSE TO DEATH"
John 11: 1-57
* Read John 11:17-27
April 25, 1993
Physical death is one of the most mysterious things I face
as a pastor. It doesn't matter how old or young, it is
mysterious. To think that one moment a person can be
filled with life, and the next moment be gone is hard to
It has been difficult for all people to understand. Even
the close friends and followers of Jesus. In fact, in this
Bible text you even see it difficult for Jesus to take
emotionally the loss of one of his best friends, Lazarus.
Tonight, permit me to teach you the entire 11th chapter
of John. Since it is in story form it will not be as big
or long of an assignment as you might think.
I. THE SETTIG BEFORE US. (vs. 1-16)
Note the following verses:
"not unto eternal death, but to God's glory"
That I be glorified.
* Some sickness happens not to lead to death,
but to exhibit the glory of God.
Disciples begged him not to go because of physical
* Jesus said, as long as I follow God's plan, live
in His will, I am safe until the appointed time.
Jesus told His disciples that Lazarus had died. I have
permitted this so you might believe.
II. THE REACTIONS TO LAZARUS" DEATH. (vs 17-37)
Note the following reactions:
1. Martha (vs. 20-21)
Blamed Jesus, but knew Jesus could fix it.
* When some die today Jesus is also blamed.
2. Mary (vs. 32-33)
Blamed Jesus also, but fell weeping at Jesus,
(1) Reaction to Mary. (vs. 23, 2 ...
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