Dealing With Death John 11:21-27, 33-44 Nov. 24, 2013
Recently I heard of a child who was killed in a car wreck. The father of this child was a pastor of a very liberal church and he held to a very liberal theology. During the funeral service no positive expression of life after death or a heavenly home were talked about for this lad. The last song, as they rolled the casket out of the church was Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, because that was the boys favorite song. Without hope in Christ it
is very difficult to be Dealing With Death.
1. Dealing with Death and The Saviors . . Promise.. John 11:21-27
A. The Saviors Promise about . . Her Brother. 11:21-23
21 Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn't have died. 22 Yet even now I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give You." 23 "Your brother will rise again," Jesus told her.
B. The Saviors Promise about the . . Hereafter. 11:24-27
24 Martha said, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. 26 Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die — ever. Do you believe this?" 27 "Yes, Lord," she told Him, "I believe You are the Messiah, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
Did the Lord deliberately take time in other events so Lazarus would have the experience of death? He did have to have one in a tomb in order to raise them. Martha did understand some theology that many did not as she expressed her belief in the power of Jesus and the future resurrection. Immediately she confused the future resurrection with what Jesus planned to do in the near future. Did you realize if you have two births you will not have two deaths? People who have experienced the new birth will never die spiritually but pass from death into life eternal. But without the new birth a person will die physically and spiritually. Do you believe Jesus is the Messiah? Have you placed your faith in Him and received Him as Lord? It made a difference in Lazarus’ and Martha’s life.
2. Dealing with Death and The Saviors . . Personal Concern. John 11:33-38
A. The Saviors Personal Concern and His . . Weeping. 11:33 -35
33 When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, He was angry in His spirit and
deeply moved. 34 "Where have you put him?" He asked. "Lord," they told Him, "come and see." 35 Jesus
B. The Saviors Personal Concern as He Plans to . . Witness A Resurrection. 11:36 -39a
36 So the Jews said, "See how He loved him!" 37 But some of them said, "Couldn't He who opened the blind man's eyes also have kept this man from dying?" 38 Then Jesus, angry in Himself again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 "Remove the stone," Jesus said.
This is the only time the New Testament tells us Jesus wept. It represents a sorrow for the people as well as a sorrow related to the sin that causes all death. Jesus shared His compassion as He moved toward the scene of Lazarus’s resurrection. He knew He would soon witness what the power of God alone could do. It is interesting how even some who would not be considered friends recognized how he loved Lazarus and his family.
3. Dealing with Death and The Saviors . . Power. John 11:39-44
A. The Saviors Power and . . Demonstration of His Power. 11:39b -41
Martha, the dead man's sister, told Him, "Lord, he already stinks. It's been four days."
40 Jesus said to her, "Didn't I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?"
41 So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes and said, "Father, I thank You that You
B. The Saviors Power and His . . Demand for A Resurrection. 11:42-44
42 I know that You always hear Me, but because of the crowd standing here I said this, so they may believe
You sent Me."
43 After He said this, He shouted with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
44 The dead man came out bound hand and foot with linen strips and with his face wrapped in a cloth.
Jesus said to them, "Loose him and let him go."
If Jesus can raise the dead (and He can) why doesn’t he roll the stone away. He gives the people who can not raise the dead something to do. If I were there I would have been pleased to say I helped to move the stone.
Now Martha knew her brother and she said he is going to stink. But Jesus raise Lazarus and he did not even smell like death. Some of the work we do today is similar as we can set the sails but we cannot cause the wind of God’s power to blow. He allows us to set the sails. He gives thanks as He prays. He knows the Father is going to hear and answer His prayer. Why such a loud voice and the name Lazarus? In a humorous vain one pastor suggested it was so everyone in the cemetery did not rise.