John 11:17-45.  Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus 

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, by praying along with this hymn “Up from the grave He arose;- 

A WORD IN YOUR EAR 

John 11:17-45.  Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus  (N.I.V.)

17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles, (ie 3 Kms), from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 

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. 

20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha answered, “I know 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 will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

As soon as Martha heard Jesus had arrived, she exploded, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died…” 

And then almost immediately stepped her judgment back a notch… “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 

30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

V.28  Although Martha was there, Jesus asked for Mary. 

Notice that now Mary repeats exactly the same rebuke that Martha had uttered! 

Their prayers had not been answered in the WAY they wanted. 

Remember Luke 10:38-42 at the Home of Martha and Mary.

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.

34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Notice the humanity of Jesus in v. 35.

And in v. 37 the ongoing rebuke repeated from what Martha and Mary had uttered. 

Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

Notice that Martha is now again telling Jesus not to open the tomb! Anyway, instills faith enough to get them to roll back the tombstone.

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. (Acknowledgements:- The New International Version.)

Result? 45 ‘Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him’.

—-Summary

Notice that Jesus didn’t just act on His own authority but prayed to His Father and then commanded. Notice that observers were so shocked they didn’t take off the shroud he was wrapped and trapped in until Jesus instructed them to unwrap it! Lazarus was probably struggling to breathe! 

  • Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus?  25 Yeshua said to her, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life! Whoever puts his trust in me will live, even if he dies; 26 and everyone living and trusting in me will never die.” (Complete Jewish Bible.)
  • Today’s Challenge V. 26 “…Do YOU believe this?” 

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’.)

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.

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2nd reading for tomorrow…

B) Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus (Complete Jewish Bible)

17 On arrival, Yeshua (Jesus) found that El‘azar (Lazarus) had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Beit-Anyah (Bethany) was about two miles from Yerushalayim, (Jerusalem), 19 and many of the Judeans had come to Marta (Martha) and Miryam (Mary) in order to comfort them at the loss of their brother. 20 So when Marta heard that Yeshua (Jesus) was coming, she went out to meet him; but Miryam (Mary) continued sitting shiv‘ah (stayed) in the house.

21 Marta (Martha) said to Yeshua, (Jesus), “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 Even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” 23 Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Marta (Martha) said, “I know that he will rise again at the Resurrection on the Last Day.” 25 Yeshua said to her, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life! Whoever puts his trust in me will live, even if he dies; 26 and everyone living and trusting in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

28 After saying this, she went off and secretly called Miryam, (Mary) her sister: “The Rabbi is here and is calling for you.” 29 When she heard this, she jumped up and went to him. 30 Yeshua had not yet come into the village but was still where Marta had met him; 31 so when the Judeans who had been with Miryam in the house comforting her saw her get up quickly and go out, they followed her, thinking she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Miryam came to where Yeshua was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 

33 When Yeshua (Jesus) saw her crying, and also the Judeans who came with her crying, he was deeply moved and also troubled. 34 He said, “Where have you buried him?” They said, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Yeshua cried; 36 so the Judeans there said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “He opened the blind man’s eyes. Couldn’t he have kept this one from dying?”

c). Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

38 Yeshua, (Jesus), again deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying in front of the entrance. 39 Yeshua (Jesus) said, “Take the stone away!” Marta, (Martha) the sister of the dead man, said to Yeshua, (Jesus), “By now his body must smell, for it has been four days since he died!” 40 Yeshua said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you keep trusting, you will see the glory of God?” 41 So they removed the stone. Yeshua  (Jesus) looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I myself know that you always hear me, but I say this because of the crowd standing around, so that they may believe that you have sent me.” 43 Having said this, he shouted, “El‘azar! (Lazarus) Come out!” 44 The man who had been dead came out, his hands and feet wrapped in strips of linen and his face covered with a cloth. Yeshua said to them, “Unwrap him, and let him go!” 

45 At this, many of the Judeans who had come to visit Miryam, (Mary) and had seen what Yeshua (Jesus) had done, trusted in him.

(Complete Jewish Bible)

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