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The Door of Death! (6 of 9)
Series: Open Doors
TEXT: John 11:1-53
INTRO: Have you ever noticed how we avoid the subject of death! Americans like no others do everything we can do avoid facing it or talking about it! We have youth serums and creams; we take wrinkles out of faces to avoid the appearance of age, etc. everything we can to avoid the reality of death, but you can look good up until you die! But that is just the point, we still die!
We live as though we will never die ... but death is real! Death to a Christian should be viewed in an entirely different way than the way the world views death. To the world the door of death is the thing most dreaded; to the Christian death is the door to life!
Christianity without the resurrection isn't Christianity!!
ILLUS: IN HIS LITTLE BOOK, "COUNTDOWN," G.B. HARDY SAYS THIS ABOUT THE RESURRECTION: "THERE ARE BUT TWO ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: (1. HAS ANYONE CHEATED DEATH AND PROVED IT? (2. IS IT AVAILABLE TO ME? HERE IS THE COMPLETE RECORD: CONFUCIUS' TOMB ... OCCUPIED! BUDDHA'S TOMB ... OCCUPIED! MOHAMMED'S TOMB … OCCUPIED! JESUS' TOMB ... EMPTY!" END OF ARGUMENT! - SOURCE UNKNOWN
We serve a God that has power over life and death! As His followers, the door of death holds no terror! Jesus is the "resurrection and the life!"
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that Jesus is "the life" ... that He has conquered death, and those who have faith in His saving work need not fear the door of death! Christ has power over death!
I. DOOR OF DESPAIR! John 11:1-37
A. Worry and Blame! John 11:1-32
1. Despair usually strikes Christians after both great losses and great successes!
a. Success?: Remember Elijah ... after beating the 450 prophets of Baal, a great success, he ran away from Jezebel who had threatened to take his life:
(1. He becomes severely depressed!
(2. He shows all the classic symptoms of depression:
(a. He goes days without sleep
(b. H ...
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