John 11:1-16  “… so that you may believe”

GIVE GOD TIME 

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, with this hymn… I don’t know why Jesus loves me at this link;-

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

 John 11: 1-10. Part One:- Jesus is told that Lazarus was sick.

1. Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. 3. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

When Jesus was first told about Lazarus, he was still alive, v.1. 

4. When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 

5. Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7. and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

V.6 tells us that Jesus delayed two days from going to him, even though v. 18 tells us they were only two miles (or 3 kilometers) down the road – just a short 40-minute walk away. 

So why the delay? I’m coming to that.

8. “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”

9. Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”

John 11: 11-14 Part Two:- Lazarus dies.

11. After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”

Jesus knew in His spirit when Lazarus had died, v. 11, and that was when He decided to go to Bethany, just down the road. The delay was in spite of Lazarus being a friend of Jesus’. V.11.

12. His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13. Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.

14. So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

So why the delay? Verse11 & 14-15 tells us that Jesus wanted the disciples to trust in Him. 

16. Then Thomas, also known as Didymus, [‘twin’], said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

THE REASON WHY…

Doubt still existed among the disciples in who Jesus was…Doubting Thomas’ voiced his concern in verse 16 that they were returning to Bethany at their peril… 

-Why? 

Because in v.8 a disciple had said “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” 

So it makes sense that in verse 16 Thomas said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

Thomas was so skeptical that he believed that they were all going to their deaths by returning to the very place where the Jews had tried to stone Jesus. He was saying, ‘this is crazy! We are all going to die!’

So now it all makes sense that in verse 14 Jesus explains the delay is for their benefit – that they might come to trust in Him. 

v. 14. So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15. and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? Jesus said v.15 “I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe”.

Today’s Challenge I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe”.

Compare yourself with Thomas, Martha or Mary in this story…

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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SUMMARY for reflection after your 2nd reading tomorrow!

THE DELAY…

a). When Jesus was first told about Lazarus, he was still alive, v.1. 

b). Jesus delayed (v.6), two days from going to him. 

c). At that time verse18 tells us He was only two miles away, (or 3 kilometers) – just a 40-minute walk.

d). Jesus knew in His spirit when Lazarus had died, v. 11, and that was when He decided to go to Bethany, just down the road. The delay was in spite of Lazarus being a friend of Jesus’. V.11.

e). So why the delay? Verse11 & 14-15 tells us that Jesus wanted the disciples to trust in Him. 

THE REASON WHY…

Doubt still existed among the disciples in who Jesus was…Doubting Thomas’ voiced his concern in verse 16 that they were returning to Bethany at their peril… 

-Why? 

Because in v.8 a disciple had said “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” 

So it makes sense that in verse 16 Thomas said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

Thomas was so skeptical that he believed that they were all going to their deaths by returning to the very place where the Jews had tried to stone Jesus. He was saying, ‘this is crazy! We are all going to die!’

So now it all makes sense that in verse 14 Jesus explains the delay is for their benefit – that they might come to trust in Him. v. 14. So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15. and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

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