03/10/21 THE WORD
Scripture: John 11:1-57
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READ and STUDY the WORD
Lazarus Becomes Ill And Dies
John 11:1-16 (KJV) Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto Jesus, saying, Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick. 4 When Jesus heard that, He said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. 5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6 When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two days still in the same place where He was. 7 Then after that saith He to His disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. 8 His disciples say unto Him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone Thee; and goest Thou thither again? 9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. 10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. 11 These things said He: and after that He saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. 12 Then said His disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. 13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that He had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. 14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless, let us go unto him. 16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
1. Who was sick (John 11:1)?
2. What did Jesus say about Lazarus’ sickness (John 11:4)?
3. Why did the disciples try to discourage Jesus from going to Judaea (John 11:7-8)?
4. What did Jesus say plainly to His disciples about Lazarus (Luke 11:14)?
5. What was Jesus’ reason for not going immediately to see Lazarus (Luke 11:15)?
1. Lazarus was sick.
2. Jesus said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.”
3. The disciples tried to discourage Jesus from going to Judaea because the Jews had earlier tried to stone Jesus.
4. Jesus tiold the disciples plainly that Lazarus was dead.
5. Jesus didn’t go immediately to see Lazarus so that His disciples would see and believe.
Jesus Comforts Mary And Martha
John 11:17-37 (KJV) 17 Then when Jesus came, He found that he had lain in the grave four days already. 18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: 19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him: but Mary sat still in the house. 21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever Thou wilt ask of God, God will give it Thee. 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believeth thou this? 27 She saith unto Him, Yea, Lord: I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. 28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. 29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto Him. 30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met Him. 31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. 32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying unto Him, Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, He groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. 34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto Him, Lord, come and see. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then said the Jews, Behold how He loved him! 37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
1. What did Martha say to Jesus (John 11:21-22)?
2. What does Jesus say to Martha (John 11:23)?
3. What did Mary say to Jesus (John 11:32)?
4. How did Jesus respond to Mary’s and the Jews’ weeping (John 11:33-35)?
1. Martha said to Jesus if He had been there her brother wouldn’t have died. But even now God would give to Him whatever He asked.
2. Jesus told Martha that Lazarus would rise again.
3. Mary said to Jesus if He had been there her brother wouldn’t have died (the same thing her sister said).
4. Jesus groaned in His spirit and was troubled. He asked where Lazarus’ body had been laid. And He wept.
Jesus Raises Lazarus From The Dead
John 11:38-44 (KJV) 38 Jesus therefore again groaning in Himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto Him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. 40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me. 42 And I knew that Thou hearest Me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent Me. 43 And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
1. What did Jesus ask to be done at the grave (John 11:39)?
2. When Martha said Lazarus’ body would stink, what did Jesus say (John 11:40)?
3. After the stone was taken away, what did Jesus do (John 11:41-42)?
4. What happened when Jesus called Lazarus out of the grave (John 11:43-44)?
1. Jesus asked for the stone to be taken away at the grave’s entrance.
2. Jesus reminded Martha if she would believe, she would see the glory of God.
3. Once the stone was taken away, Jesus thanked His Father for hearing Him. And He said though He knew His Father always heard Him, He wanted the people standing at the grave to hear and believe that His Father had sent Him.
4. Lazarus with his graveclothes still on him, and his face bound came forth. And Jesus said to loose him and let him go.
Religious Leaders Plot To Kill Jesus
John 11:45-57 (KJV) 45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on Him. 46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 48 If we let Him thus alone, all men will believe on Him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. 49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52 And not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put Him to death. 54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with His disciples. 55 And the Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves. 56 Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that He will not come to the feast? 57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where He were, he should shew it, that they might take Him.
1. What happened to many who saw Lazarus raised from the dead (John 11:45)?
2. What did some of the Jews do (John 11:46)?
3. About what were the chief priests and the Pharisees concerned (John 11:47-48)?
4. What did Caiaphas prophesy (John 11:51-52)?
5. From that day forth what did the counsel try to do (John 11:53)?
6. What did Jesus stop doing (John 11:54)?
7. Why were many coming to Jerusalem (John 11:55)?
8. Who did some seek at this time (John 11:56)?
9. Who was looking to arrest Jesus (John 11:57)?
1. Many of the Jews believed on Jesus when they saw Lazarus raised from the dead.
2. Some who saw Lazarus raised from the dead went to the Pharisees and told them what things Jesus had done.
3. The chief priests and the Pharisees were concerned about what they should do to this man (Jesus) who was doing miracles. Because they were afraid the Romans would come and take away both their place and nation if all men came to believe in Jesus.
4. Caiaphas, the high priest that year, prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.
5. The counsel tried to find a way to put Jesus to death.
6. Jesus stopped walking openly among the Jews.
7. Many were coming to Jerusalem to purify themselves for Passover.
8. Jesus was being sought at this time.
9. The chief priests and the Pharisees were looking to arrest Jesus.
HEAR the WORD
John 11:9-10 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. 10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.”
MEDITATE on the WORD
Ponder the above verses. My Bible notes: Day symbolizes the knowledge of God’s will and night symbolizes the absence of the knowledge of God’s will. My thoughts: When we are walking in the light we will be walking in the knowledge of God’s will. But if we seek to live according to our own will then we will be walking in the darkness where there is no knowledge of God’s will. When we move ahead in darkness we will likely stumble.
MEMORIZE the WORD
John 11:25-26 (NIV) 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
LOVE and LIVE the WORD
When we choose to love and live according to God’s Word we will be walking in the light of the knowledge of His Will.
TEACH and SHARE the WORD
When we experience this life full of light from God’s Word, we’ll want to share it with others.
PRAY the WORD
Lord, I pray we will trust You with our life. I pray we will walk in the light of Your Word and do Your Will (John 11:9-10). Lord, I pray we will not doubt Your plans for our life (John 11:25-26). Lord, I pray we too will see Your glory (John 11:40). Lord, thank You for sending Your Son to us (John 11:42). In His name I pray. AMEN.
“May you and I walk in the light of God’s Word and Will.” <>< Dona