March 2, 2014 Series: Lazarus
Passage: John 11:1–11:44
1. They asked Jesus for help (John 11:3).
2. This death is not about death, it's about showing Jesus' glory (John 9:3-4; 11:4).
3. Whatever happens, love is the motivation. The most loving thing Jesus can do for you is to show his glory (John 11:4-5; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6).
4. In the midst of suffering and pain and death, we've got work to do.
There is comfort in God's light and plan (John 11:8-16)
5. John means for us to see the resurrection of Lazarus as a picture of our resurrection — the resurrection of all who believe in Jesus (John 11: 23–26).
6. Jesus weeps in profound grief over their inability to understand who He is (John 11:35).
7. Jesus loves us by giving us Himself forever in resurrection (John 11:38-44).
Life/Community Group discussion guide
1. Who were Mary, Martha and Lazarus?
2. When Jesus said that the sickness would not end in death, what did he mean (John 11:4)?
3. In John 11:5 John remarks about Jesus' love for Mary, Martha and Lazarus and yet He let Lazarus die? Why?
4. What are the comments about darkness and light about in John 11:9-10?
5. When a Christian dies, do they ever really experience death?
6. Why is it so good to talk about and think about your own death?