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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

John 11

Lazarus

Summary:
Jesus heard that his friend Lazarus was dying, and even dead back in Judea, so he went back, though they wanted to kill him there. Mary and Martha lived in Bethany where Lazarus was. When Jesus arrived, he had been dead for 4 days. Martha put her faith in Jesus and Jesus went to the tomb. He cried and cried there for Lazarus, and the Jews saw that he loved Lazarus. They didn't know why he could heal the blind but not save Lazarus.

Later Jesus went and called Lazarus from the tomb. He was alive.

Scared by his growing popularity, the Pharisees planned to kill Jesus as a sacrifice for the nation.

Key verse:
35. Jesus wept.

My thoughts:
This is the shortest verse in the Bible and it actually says a lot about Jesus. It says a lot about his humanity and compassion. The story of Lazarus is a very private one of Jesus and his close companions. There were Jesus' friends, and that is why he is so deeply moved by it.

Notice Martha has faith in the final resurrection, but in this case Jesus is somewhat impatient and wants his friend back now.

The prophecy of the Jews is quite a cool one in John's gospel. It is a prophecy of the bad guys, yet it comes true, but just not in a way they could ever imagine. It shows the power and word of God moving through even the baddies. The prophecy states that one man (Jesus) would die for the nation.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Mark said...

"[Jesus] went on to tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up."
His disciples replied, "Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better." Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep." Jn 11:11-13

Haha. Wonder if Jesus ever got frustrated with the disciples' slowness. "Yes. I'm going all the way back to Judea just to wake up Lazarus from a sleep..."

Interesting that "doubting" Thomas is the one who encourages the others to go and die with Jesus.

4:31 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

Yea... though retrospect makes things a lot simpler...

9:42 pm

 

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