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Lazarus the friend who died
The raising of Lazarus one of the central story in the history of the Bible , no reasoning of man can fathom this amazing fete nor bring prove of light . This must be built on fact and faith in God we have been given the fact and we have built great faith a round it this proof is explicitly linked with the revelation of God's glory. All of the signs were revelations of who Jesus is and what he offers.
The final sign, the raising of Lazarus, points most clearly to what has been at the heart of the revelation all the way through and what was emphasized in Jesus' keynote address (5:19-30)--that Jesus is the one who gives life. The irony, of course, is that he gives life by giving up his own life on the cross. A further irony is that by giving life to Lazarus, Jesus sets in motion his own death. The raising of Lazarus, then, is the final sign before the event that actually accomplishes what all the signs have pointed toward--the provision of life through the death of the Son of God
When Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had already been dead and in the tomb for four days. When Martha discovered that Jesus was on his way, she went out to meet him. "Lord," she said, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died."Jesus told Martha, "Your brother will rise again." But Martha thought he was talking about the final resurrection of the dead.Then Jesus said these important words: "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."Martha then went and told Mary that Jesus wanted to see her.
Jesus had not yet entered the village, most likely to avoid stirring up the crowd and calling attention to himself. The town of Bethany was not far from Jerusalem where the Jewish leaders were plotting against Jesus.When Mary met Jesus she was grieving with strong emotion over her brother's death. The Jews with her were also weeping and mourning. Deeply moved by their grief, Jesus wept with
Points of Interest from the Story:
Jesus also raised from dead, Jairus' daughter ) a widow's son (Luke 7:11-15).
1: Matt. 9:18,23 - Mark 5:22,35 - Lk 8:40,49 JAIRUS DAUGHTER
2: Luke 7:11 WIDOW AT NAIN
3: John 11:43 LAZARUS
Lets not forget He also, did raise himself, Jesus is God, and the bible said that God raised him, so that made 4 But the book of John 21:25 says and there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which if they should be written, every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.
Eventually Jesus will raise up every person who believe and is saved at the last day"and this is the will of Him who have sent me that every one which see the son and believe on him may have an everlasting life and I will raise him up at the last day..
THIS WOULD PROBALLLY MADE THE PHARASEE MORE ANGRY THAT NOW HE WAS A BOUT TO CAUSE AN UPROAR BY RAISING HIS FRIEND LAZARUS
COMPASSIONATE SIDE OF jESUS
Jesus revealed his compassion for people through a genuine display of emotion. Even though he knew that Lazarus would live, he was still moved to weep with the ones he loved. Jesus cared about their sorrow. He was not timid to show emotion and we should not be ashamed to express our true feelings to God.
Like Martha and Mary, we can be transparent with God because he cares for us.We might not fully know why he wept there could be a combination of a few thing , such as lack of Faith on behalf of Mary and Martha , who should know better , or lack of un belief among the people who should of known what the Scripture of the Old testament prophecy about Him, or it could be compassion for His weeping friend , we may never know,
The plot to Kill Lazarus after his resurrection
Lazarus is mentioned again in John 12:10-12: "So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him." NIV Whether Lazarus told his neighbors about heaven is only speculation. Perhaps Jesus commanded him to be silent about it.
The fact remained, however, that he had been dead and now was alive again.Lazarus' very presence--walking, talking, laughing, eating and drinking, embracing his family—was a cold slap in the face to the chief priests and elders. How could they credibly deny that Jesus of Nazarreth was the Messiah when he had raised a man from the dead?They had to do something.
They couldn't dismiss this event as a magician's trick The man had been dead and in his tomb four days. Everyone in the tiny village of Bethany had seen this miracle with their own eyes and the whole countryside was buzzing about it.
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The difficulty (2) Lazarus was sick and about to die.In verse
 we see that Mary and Martha know Jesus loves Lazarus. Then in verse  John points out again that Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus.
Why the repetition? Obviously, John wants to emphasize the love between Jesus and this family. Perhaps the reason for the repetition is that Jesus is about to do something that doesn’t seem very loving. He’s going to let Lazarus die. Maybe John is just trying to emphasize that just because bad things happen to us, it doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us. Later on in the account, we see Jesus “deeply moved” and “troubled” and even weeping.
So there should be no question that Jesus cares. Jesus points out that the purpose of the sickness was so that God and He himself might be glorified
(2) The delay (4-6)Jesus delays going to Bethany until after Lazarus has died. Again, the delay was so that God would receive more glory.
[3 ] Jesus could have healed or raised Lazarus from a distance, but perhaps he wants to go to Bethany to test the disciples willingness to follow Him into danger. This was more preparation for the persecution they would experience after His ascension. Interestingly, it is “doubting” Thomas who has boldness and encourages the rest of the disciples to follow Jesus.
The Human side of Christ
(1) His anguish (33-38)Even though Jesus knew He was going to raise Lazarus, He wept with the others. FOR MORE THAN ONE REASON WE COULD SAY. We have an advocate with God who understands us and empathizes with us.
(2) His actions (39-44)(3) His audience (45-46)II. “Jesus is the resurrection and the life” is stated in the miracle and is the main point. Whoever believes will never die. (Note that it is the center of the chiasm)Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, sent into the world to save man.
Martha’s confession Even seeing a resurrection doesn’t make everyone believe.I should accept the timing of God. His delay (from our perspective) is for our good and brings Him greater glory.I should find comfort in the fact that Jesus understands my pain, sorrow, disappointment, etc.
I should have compassion and hurt when others hurt.There is a future hope for all who believe. At times it seems that God gives us the first half of our life to enjoy earth and the last half to anticipate heaven. As our parents begin getting sick and dying and our bodies don’t work like they used to, we finally recognize that this earthly life is not
enough, we start longing for heaven and the resurrection becomes very comforting. If there is no resurrection, there is no hope.
When bad things happen, it doesn’t mean God doesn’t care.
We have seen THE MIRACLE ITSELF, and noted its message: No thing is too difficult for Jesus to handle, no one is too difficult for Jesus to save.We come now to the second section:
The Additional Lesson for us.There is an additional lesson for the Christian here: Trust Jesus, He loves you. Fix your eyes now on verses 1-16. With the condition of Lazarus worsening by the day, Martha and Mary must be hoping that Jesus will be here. They were convinced that if Jesus is here in Bethany, Lazarus would be healed. “If only Jesus is here!” This must be on the lips and minds of these two sisters, as they watch their brother sinking lower and lower.
It was the very first words each sister say to Jesus when they saw Him. “Lord, if You have been here, my brother would not have died.” Imagine the scene.
They have informed Jesus, and now they wait for Him, believing that He loves them and that He will not leave them in their troubles. At the door, waiting for Jesus, straining their eyes to see His shadow; Return inside to see Lazarus, no improvement, in fact getting worse; Another lesson learnt : do not interpret delay as defeat
When some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, "What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation." But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them,
"You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish." He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him.The raising of Lazarus from the tomb, an action that caused many to believe in Jesus, also became a motivation for those who refused to believe to put Jesus to death.
These people were more concerned with politics than with the very presence of the Messiah among them. The Raising of Lazarus had resulted in such a huge swing of popularity in Jesus that the leaders of the Jewish people were afraid that the occupying Romans would view Jesus as some sort of a revolutionary capable of uniting the people against Rome and resulting in Rome coming in force to destroy the people--as Rome in fact did after the Barsabbas Revolution of 68 to 70 A.D. That is why John places a unique piece of irony in the mouth of the High Priest when the decision is made to kill Jesus: It is fitting that one should die for the many. Jesus did die for the many, but not to protect the Jews from the
Romans, instead to protect all God's people from the forces of death the gift of eternal life that we are geared up and ready to celebrate on Easter Sunday demands a living faith. A living faith is not just a system of belief or a set of doctrines, it is a life style that integrates all that we believe into our actions. A living faith is a way of acting, a morality that is Christian. This morality takes its cue from the cross. Christian life demands sacrifice rather than taking the world. We must come to the realization that following Christ means are socnsc
A. The Raising of LAZARUS John 11:1-46. This critical event happened very close to Passion Week and highlighted His power over death and the source of Life that Jesus own death and resurrection would ensure.
B. Jesus delayed his trip purposely, even though He knew Lazarus was sick.
1. The Jew's concept of death was that after three days the spirit leaves the body.
2. The body would already be decomposing v.39).
3. By everyone's definition, Lazarus was beyond hope.
C. Jesus is deeply grieved by the death of His friend. The language used conveys the depth of His feelings.
He weeps (v.35).2. He's not just sorrowful but angry, possibly at the tragedy of death itself (v.38).a. .deeply moved in spirit, and was troubled" (v.33).b. "...deeply moved within" (v.38)
It was a public display of Jesus' Messianic power, but it only turned the leaders more against Him
D He would work this wonder not only for the multitudes (v.42) but also for the sake of His disciples. Raising Lazarus was meant to be a sign to help them believe what He’d taught them
E It was almost like a down payment on the promise of His own resurrection to come just weeks later. He demonstrated His power over death in raising Lazarus, and therefore could make good His claims to rise from the dead
F. Against the all of the hopelessness and sadness of Lazarus’ death, Jesus declares the hope that He alone embodies: "I am the resurrection and the Life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies" (v.25).
G. The Pharisees and Sadducees, characteristically political and theological rivals, unite to put Jesus to death. This event stimulated their resolve to kill Jesus. Rather than believe in the man who’d raised Lazarus from the dead, inspite of all the many miracles he did that could not be done by any mere man except that man was God or sent from God their hard hearts were strengthened against Him.
E. Jesus retreats to northern Judea to avoid the plot made by the Pharisees and Sadducees, and then comes back for the Passover Feast (v.54). Jesus came back to be crucified when the time was right " No man can take my life from me ,but I lay it down myself, I have power to lay it down , and the power take it again and this commandment I have received from my father"
John 10 :18-42
and daughters now. W we shall be will be greater than we could ever imgine.
Jesus is Lord