Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lazarus, Come Out!

The Death of Lazarus
John 11:1-16

1Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped His feet with her hair. 3So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one You love is sick.”
4When He heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”
5Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6Yet when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days.
7Then He said to His disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
8“But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?”
9Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. 10It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”
11After He had said this, He went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
12His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13Jesus had been speaking of his death, but His disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
14So then He told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
16Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”

Jesus Comforts the Sisters
John 11:17-37

17On His arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet Him, but Mary stayed at home.
21“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27“Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, Who was to come into the world.”
28And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to Him. 30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met Him. 31When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
32When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell at His feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34“Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
35 Jesus wept.
36Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”
37But some of them said, “Could not He Who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
John 11:38-44

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”
41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard Me. 42I knew that you always hear Me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that You sent Me.”
43When He had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Verse 25 : “I am the Resurrection and the Life.

The Life is the larger and inclusive idea. Resurrection is involved in life as an incident developed by the temporary and apparent triumph over death. Christ is both the Resurrection and the Life.

All True Life is in Christ. In Him there is everything that is essential to Life, in its origin, its maintenance, and its consummation, and all this is conveyed to the believer in his union with Christ.

This True Life is not affected by death. Every believer is in reality and forever sheltered from death. To die in Jesus means only to continue to live to Him. It is as though Jesus had said: “In Me death is certain to live, and the Living is certain never to die.”

Read more related verses.
John 11:25

I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 1:14
In Him was Life, and that Life was the Light of men.”

John 5:26
“For as the Father has Life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have Life in Himself.”

John 5:21
“For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them Life, even so the Son gives Life to whom He is pleased to give it.”

John 6:39
“And this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day.”

Revelation 1:18
“I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

Amen! Come, Lord Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life of us, come quickly!

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