Notes: November 13, 2009

“He whom thou lovest is sick.”

When a loved one is deathly ill, what do you do?

John 11:1-16

The sad news (v. 1-6)

  • Lazarus, Mary and Martha — siblings
  • Mary, who anointed the Lord with ointment
  • Sisters appeal to Jesus on behalf of their sick brother.
  • Why did Lazarus become ill? For the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified. Death was not the ultimate end.
  • Though the message appealed to Jesus’ love of Lazarus, we learn that Jesus loved Mary and Martha as well.

“Let us go…” (v. 7-10)

  • After a two-day delay, Jesus instructed his disciples that it was time to go to Bethany of Judea.
  • The disciples object, citing Jesus’ safety.
  • Jesus counters that when the day arrives, a man walks lest he stumble in the night. Obviously his day had arrived.

They thought (v. 11-16)

  • Jesus spoke of sleep. The disciples didn’t realize he meant death.
  • They thought Lazarus was well and resting.
  • Jesus spoke plainly, “Lazarus is dead.”
  • He expects that what they are about to witness will make them believe.



  1. The death of Lazarus was also INTENDED to help the disciples believe. Jesus said. “I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe” has a bible study on Lazarus that you might want to check out that uses biblical evidence to shed light on the man who Jesus referred to as “our friend Lazarus”