Friday, April 9, 2010

Jesus Can Raise You From The Dead: John 11:1-57

Text: John 11:1-57

Theme: "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." (20:30-31).

2. Public Persuasion
     C. Of Jews (7-11)


Jesus here gives a great reason to trust Him as Savior: He can raise you from the dead. Chapter 11 shows the resurrection of Lazarus (v1-44), and response of the Jews (v45-57).

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (v1-44). Jesus knew Lazarus had died, and called His disciples to go to Judea. The disciples seemed surprised He would go back to there, since the Jews had just tried to stone Him (cf. chapter 10). Jesus' reply about there being 12 hours in the day may mean they would be safe as long as they were doing the will of God, or that there is only so much time for Him to accomplish His light bearing mission to the world (v1-16).

Once in Bethany, Jesus met with Mary and Martha (v17-44). Both they, and the many Jews who came there to comfort them, all seemed to say one thing in common: "If Jesus had been there, Lazarus would not have died." Most of the Jews knew Jesus as a healer, but not as one who could raise the dead. Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die."

When Jesus saw everyone wailing, He was angry in spirit, agitated, and wept silent tears. It does not seem clear why He was angry and agitated, but it may have been because of the affects of death on those He loved. Jesus, however, showed supreme victory, by loudly commanding Lazarus to come forth from the grave. Lazarus rose, and came forth bound "hand and foot" with wrappings. Jesus told them to "Unbind him, and let him go." Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

The Jews responded in different ways (v45-57). Many believed in Jesus. Others went and told the Pharisees. The Pharisees, concerned that if they didn't act, too many people would believe in Him, planned to kill Jesus. They reasoned that Rome (whose rule they were under) would  perceive Him as a threat, and take away their "nation" and "place".

Caiaphas, the high priest, prophesied that Jesus must die for the people, so the whole nation would not perish. He may only have been referring to the need to kill Jesus to save the nation from Rome. But actually, He was prophesying of Jesus' death for the sins of the whole world (cf. v52). As a result of this plot, Jesus no longer walked publicly among the Jews. The Pharisees waited to seize Him if He showed up at the Passover.

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. As a result, Many Jews relied on Him as Savior, but the Pharisees decided they would have to kill Him.

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