The Raising of Lazarus
After declaring, “I am the resurrection and the life,” Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Four days earlier when Jesus was told that Lazarus was sick, He did not hurry off immediately to see him. Instead, He waited two days before travelling to Bethany – the home town of Lazarus and his two sisters, Martha and Mary. The story of Lazarus reveals to us about our Lord’s timing, His power and His invitation for us to be involved in the work that He is doing today.
l. The timing of Jesus
“…he stayed where he was two more days.” (v. 6)
ll. The power of Jesus
“Lazarus, come out!” (v. 43)
lll. The invitation of Jesus
“Take away the stone” (v. 39)
“Take off the grave clothes and let him go” (v. 44)
Sermon Based Discussion Questions
1. Facing crisis
Is there anything that should frighten us when we encounter crisis with Jesus? Why do we get frightened, in practice, at such time?
2. What God has done
Is there anything in your life situation which is impossible with God? What has he done so Far? Can he do more than that?
3. God’s timing
What is the application to our life situations of the fact that Jesus waited until Lazarus was dead before going to him? Have we ever felt that God was delaying an answer to our prayer? Does he always answer our prayers as we request? Which is better – our will or his will? What was better in the case of Lazarus – healing him or raising him? What was better for the kingdom of God? Give reasons.
4. Jesus’ pastoral example
Are you surprised that Jesus wept? What does it teach us about Jesus? Do we weep with others? How do we do this?