Great Chapters In The Life of Jesus: The Raising of Lazarus

This story is found in John 11.

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were close friends of Jesus. When Lazarus became sick, Mary and Martha sent the following message to Jesus, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick” (John 11:3). What do you think was their intention in sending this message?

Jesus’ words and actions in the next few verses are surprising and strange, maybe even disturbing. Discuss what you see in…

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What do both Mary and Martha say to Jesus when they meet Him? (21,32) Is this a true statement?

What comfort do you find in this statement by Jesus: John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”

When they all gathered around the tomb, the text says Jesus groaned in the Spirit, was troubled, and wept. (33-35). Why do you think he reacted this way?

What purposes, besides the obvious, did Jesus accomplish in raising Lazarus from the dead.?

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Knowing the whole story, what sense can we make of Jesus statement, “Lazarus is dead. “And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe (14, 15)?

Please answer any or the questions or add additional thoughts and questions in the comments section below. We will review this material together on Wednesday Night at 7 pm on Facebook Live and Zoom.

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