JOHN 11

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John 11

LESSONS DURING HEARTBREAK

(A complete lesson)

 

·        What is the biggest heartbreak you have ever seen or experienced?

·        What are some of the different types of heartbreak that people experience?

·        How can heartbreak ruin someone?

·        How can heartbreak help someone?

 

We turn our attention to a familiar story that pictures the heartbreak of two sisters, Martha and Mary, who lost their brother, Lazarus, to death.  There are some valuable lessons for us to learn here.

 

JESUS LOVES US DURING OUR TRIALS – Vss. 1-5

 

·        Why did Mary and Martha send for Jesus?

·        What was evident about their perception of Jesus?

·        How can all sickness in a Christian, even if it results in death, bring glory to God?

·        How is verse 5 a good reminder to us?

 

JESUS LETS US WAIT FOR HIS PERFECT TIMING Vss. 6-16

·        Why did Jesus delay His departure for Bethany? Vs. 6

·        What would Mary and Martha have thought concerning Jesus’ delay?  Often we think the same sort of things.

·        Jesus gave His reason for going to Bethany in spite of the obvious danger.  He was to wake Lazarus out of the sleep of death. Vss. 7-15

·        Why is God’s perfect timing always exciting?

·        Why do we get nervous, worried, and upset when we must wait for God?  What is the solution to that problem?

 

JESUS LEADS US TO BETTER UNDERSTANDING – Vss. 17-27

·        Why do you think Martha rushed out to meet Jesus?

     Vss. 18-20

·        Why do you think Mary did not go out to meet Jesus? Vs. 20.

·        What do verses 21-22 tell you about Martha’s faith?

·        What was Jesus predicting in verse 23?  How was Martha interpreting His statement in verse 24?

·        How would Martha be comforted by Jesus’ words in Vss. 25-26, even if Lazarus hadn’t risen from the dead.

·        Why did Martha need a better understanding of the situation and of the Lord Jesus?

·        How does Jesus lead us to better understanding in times of sorrow?

·        Why is Martha’s statement in verse 27 so precious?

 

JESUS LONGS FOR US WHEN WE HURT – Vss.

28-37

·        Why do you think Martha privately told Mary that Jesus was there? Vs. 28

·        How was Mary’s response to Jesus different than Martha’s?  Why? Vss. 29-32

·        Why do you think Jesus was troubled? Vss. 33-34

·        Why did Jesus weep when He knew that He would raise Lazarus from the dead?  How is His weeping an encouragement to us?

Hebrews 4:15-16 - For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. [16] Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

·        How would you respond to the words of Jesus’ critics in verses 36-37?

 

JESUS LEAVES NO DOUBT ABOUT HIS POWER – Vss. 38-45

·        What does Martha’s response in verse 39 tell you about her understanding of Jesus’ previous words to her?

·        How was Jesus’ response to Martha a real challenge? Vs. 40

·        Why is our faith necessary for God to work? Matthew 13:58, Hebrews 3:18-19, Hebrews 11:6

·        How does Jesus manifest His power in our times of sorrow?

·        Why did Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead? Vss. 41-42

·        What lesson is found in the fact that Jesus had others remove the grave clothes? Vss. 43-44

·        How would Mary and Martha have felt?

·        How can God’s power in our trials help unbelievers? Vs. 45?

 

 

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JOHN 11:1-27

WHEN IT HURTS!

 

Lazarus was very sick. Mary and Martha sent for Jesus.  He didn't come right away. The worse thing that could happen, happened! Lazarus died!  Mary and Martha were hurting. 

 

There are times when we will hurt the way Mary and Martha did.

Let's remember:

 

THE LORD'S DESIGN Vss. 1-5

The Lord has a plan, a design for each of our hurts.

It is very clear that although Lazarus was sick, and that Jesus would not do what the family wanted (come right away), He loved them very much.  However, Jesus knew there was a greater design in all of this.

 

It is good to remember that although the Lord does not always do what we want Him to do, He has a plan, and He loves His children very much.

 

THE LORD'S DELAY Vss. 6-15

The Lord delayed his trip to see Mary and Martha.

The delay would have given the disciples all the more reason to believe on Him. Vs. 15

The Lord's delays in our lives will strengthen our faith as well.

 

THE LORD'S DECLARATION Vss. 16-27

Martha's challenge of the Lord. Vss. 20-22

The Lord's comfort to Martha. Vss. 23

The Lord's confrontation of Martha. Vss. 24-26 ("Believest thou this?")

Martha's confession of faith. Vs. 27

 

 

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John 11:1-45

VICTORY OVER DEATH

 

DIFFICULTY OF LAZARUS' ILLNESS - Vss. 1-4

 

DELAY OF JESUS' COMING - Vss. 5-7

 

DEATH OF LAZARUS - Vss. 8-17

 

DISCUSSION OF THE RESURRECTION - Vss. 18-27

 

DEMONSTRATION OF JESUS' POWER - Vss. 28-45

 

 

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John 11:32-45

VICTORY AT THE TOMB!

 

Lazarus was dead!

Jesus had delayed his visit (See last week's Sermon Seeds for outline on earlier events in John 11.)

Jesus and Martha had talked.

Now, Mary is on the scene.

 

THE SAVIOR'S COMPASSION Vss. 32-37

THE SAVIOR'S COMMANDS Vss. 38-43

"Take ye away the stone."

"Lazarus, come forth."

THE SAVIOR'S CONQUEST Vss. 44-45

 

 

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John 11:46-53

WHEN PEOPLE JUST DON'T GET IT!

 

When we use the expression "I don't get it", we mean that we don't understand.

When we say "He (or she) just doesn't get it", we mean that in spite of clear, overwhelming evidence or explanation the person still doesn't understand or grasp something.

The enemies of Jesus did not believe in Him or trust Him.

They just didn't get it! When people don't just don't get it:

 

THE EVIDENCE BECOMES A PROBLEM Vss. 46-47

In John 11:32-44, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.

This was an undeniable proof of His deity.  Some went to the leaders, and instead of believing because of the miracle, they had a problem with the miracle!

 

THEIR END IS SELF-PRESERVATION - Vs. 48

Those who were in power wanted to stay in power.

They were afraid of losing position if Jesus was believed upon as Messiah.

 

EVIL IS PLANNED - Vss. 49-53

Because they refused to believe the evidence, they plotted to harm Jesus.

 

When an unsaved person "just doesn't get it", it is like likely that he will make the evidence a problem, defend himself, and think and plan evil against those who believe in and share the Gospel.

 

 

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John 11:46-57

NOT EVERYONE LOVES JESUS!

 

A DISTURBED CROWD – Vss. 46-48

A DISTINCT PROPHECY – Vss. 49-52

A DETERMINED PURPOSE – Vss. 53, 55-57

A DISCRETE MASTER – Vs. 54

 

 

 

 

 

 

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