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.

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Comments

  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”

    LazarusComeForth.com 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”