Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God?
Do you believe that Jesus is the Resurrection and the life?
Do you live your life that way?
In this sermon we walk through the story of the resurrection of Lazarus. This story is a beautiful example of the Salvation that Jesus brings to each one of us. By looking at the disciples and followers of Jesus we see that they really did not fully understand who he was. The story identifies the deity of Christ and by the end of the story we see that many had their eyes opened to the reality of Jesus and were saved.
The reason for Sickness (vs. 1-4)
We are introduced to Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. Mary is further identified as that Mary that anointed the Lord and wiped His feet with oil. (John 12:1-8) v1-2
These are disciples of Jesus – we know this by their actions. V1-2
Mary anointed Jesus Feet and Wiped his feet with her hair – John 12
They call Jesus Lord
The sisters send a message to Jesus That Lazarus is sick. Obviously, they are very concerned and it is probably unwritten that they expect Jesus to come a runnin’. V3
Jesus clearly states that Lazarus will not end up dead. V4
Jesus identifies that this event is designed to Glorify God and that Jesus would be identified through the event. This has happened before: v4
The Death of Lazarus (vs. 5-16)
The scriptures tell us that Jesus loves Martha, Mary and Lazarus. V5
He makes a concise decision to stay in where he was. V6
He then announces he is ready to go to Judea (Bethany)v7
The disciples object because they are worried about his safety v8
He announces that Lazarus is sleeping and He is going to wake him up v11
The disciples do not understand (they think he will get better because he is sleeping) v12
Jesus announces that Lazarus is dead. V14
He also tells the disciples he is happy He was not there so that the disciples may believe.v15
He is announcing the reason for Lazarus death
So that people may believe
Thomas then says let’s go die with him. This seems like a bit of bravado. V16
I Am the Resurrection and the Life (vs. 17-27)
Jesus arrives in Bethany 4 days after Lazarus was buried. He has been in the tomb 4 days. So we estimate that Lazarus has been dead for a minimum of 4-5 days. v17
There were many Jews there because of the close proximity to Jerusalem. v18
Martha went to Jesus some distance from the house outside of town. v20
Mary stayed at the house.
We know it was a distance based on what the scriptures say in verse 30
Martha confronts Jesus – if you had just been here but seems to soften that with the fact that she knows that God will give Jesus whatever he asks for. v21
Jesus tells her Lazarus will rise again. v23
Martha skips to the last day. v24
Jesus identifies himself as v25
If you die you shall live
If you believe you will never die
Jesus asks Martha if she believes this v26
Martha says yes and affirms her belief v27
You are the Christ the Son of God come into the world
Jesus and Death, the Last Enemy (vs. 28-37)
Martha identifies Jesus as the Teacher v28
Martha sends Mary to Jesus v28
Mary runs to Jesus outside of town v29
The comforting Jews followed Mary v31
They think she is going to the tomb to weep
Mary confronts Jesus with the same line – If you would have just been here… v32
Jesus groans in the spirit – I believe because his disciples just don’t understand v33
Jesus asks where the tomb is – he already knows v34
If they understood who he was wouldn’t they know he knew where the tomb is?
They lead him to the tomb – I think they want him to understand that Lazarus is dead. Vv34
Jesus weeps. V35
What is Weeping?
Why was he Weeping?
The Jews said it was because he loved Lazarus.
They also questioned whether Jesus could have stopped Lazarus from dying
Because of the unbelief of His “Disciples”
Lazarus Raised from the Dead (vs. 38-46)
Jesus groans again as he moves to the tomb v38
Jesus commands for the stone to be taken away v39
Martha objects – He stinks! V39
Jesus confronts her – Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God? v40
The stone is removed v41
Jesus prays to the father that “that they may believe that You sent Me.” V42
Jesus commands Lazarus to come out of the grave v43
Lazarus bunny hops out of the grave because he is bound hand and foot and his face is covered.v44
Jesus commands others to Loose him and let him go. v44
Many Jews who had come to Mary believed in Jesus v45