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I Am the Resurrection & the Life

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Jesus the Resurrection and the Life

John 11:1–44 NIV
Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (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.) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” 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.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” 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. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.” 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.” 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. So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” 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.” When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 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. 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.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “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.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 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.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 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.”
John 11:1-
Shortest verse in the bible 2 words
35 Jesus Wept
At the time of Jesus He lived in an interesting time of Jewish religousosity and Roman rule.
The Jews were allowed to worship, religion in general were tolerated;
John 11:45–48 NIV
Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”
John 11:41–43 NIV
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 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.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
John 11:
John 11:41
John 11:45–48 NIV
Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”
The Pharisees were afraid of losing religious control of what was happening they had no control over.
Miracles like raising people from the dead is threatening to their popularity and influence.
Here we see Jesus as the resurrection and the life.
John 11:38–44 NIV
Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “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.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 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.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 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.”
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Jesus sits at the judgement seat.

2 Corinthians 5:10 NIV
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
2 Corinthians
Romans 14:10 NIV
You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.
Romans 3:26 NIV
he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
Romans 3:26
Romans 3:23
Romans 3:23 NIV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
No one is right before God, we all need Jesus to stand in the gap for us.
It was actually our sin that has put Him there.
2000 years later and it was still our sin that put Jesus on the cross.
When we come to realise that Christ has
The judgement seat
Exodus 18:13-14
Exodus 18:13–14 NIV
The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”
Matthew 27:19 NIV
While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
Matt
John 19:13–14 NIV
When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.
Romans 14:10–11 NIV
You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ”
My sin put Jesus on the cross
Jesus paid the price
The third day
Jesus rose from the death by this he truly proved that He is the Christ, that He is the resurrection and the life.
What is the resurrection life that Christ offers?
New life
John 14:6 NIV
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Spiritual life
Spiritual renewal
Born again,
Matthew 23:1-
Matthew 23:1–3 NIV
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
Event the religious leaders were hypocrites,
This is a challenge for all of us
However Jesus addresses all their misgivings and the religious load that is heaped on others to jump through hoops unto salvation
There are no hoops today, it doesen’t matter if you think you know Jesus or if you don’t Jesus died for our pride.
Before I accepted Christ and his salvation as my free gift, I was prideful and away from God, this separates me from his pressence.
It wasn’t until i fully surrendered to God that i was able to experience the forgiveness of sins.
Romans
Romans 3:23 NIV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
This an archery term, when the target is missed its called sin.
actually non of us can hit the mark of righteousness of our own.
thats why we need a Saviour, someone to take away our sin and stand in our place.
Our sin put Him there
John 11:25–26 NIV
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
sin
The Greek biblical word for sin, "amartia", means literally "to miss the mark", like an archer. Sin is not necessarily defined by moral wrongness, by transgressing some set of rules, but is instead doing anything that takes our focus off God (the target), onto ourselves, thinking we are the be-all-and-end-all.
"Sin is nothing else than to neglect eternal things, and seek after temporal things" -- St. Augustine
by The Immovable Object January 14, 2004
https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Sin

Conclusion

Jesus declares he is the resurrection and the life as he is about to raise Lazarus from the Dead;
He is actually speaking of himself…what is to come
by raising Lazarus from the dead, it entensified what was to happen in the religious planning His death.
Our religious ways put Jesus on the cross.
Our sin
Our disobedience
Our shame
Our scorn
Our disgrace
Our impurity
Our good works
He died for it all once and for all He paid the price for our sin.
Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life
John 14:6 NIV
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 3:16 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:17 NIV
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:17
Romans 3:23 NIV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 10:9–10 NIV
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
John 11:25 NIV
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
John 11:25-26
John 11:25–26 NIV
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Prayer

Dear heavenly Father,
I want to thank you for sending your son Jesus to die for me and take away my sin.
Today I ask that you forgive me of my sin, shame, wrong doing and the messiness of my life.
Please cleanse me through your sacrifice as you shed your blood, was whipped and tortured and died for me so that I may have life eternal.
I give my life over to you right now and put you at the judgement seat of my life, I no longer want to sit in judgement but ask that you be the Lord and Saviour of my Life.
I repent and trust in you today and surrender my life to you.
My life is in you hands.
I thank you for your love.
I thank you for your forgiving power.
I confess you as Lord of my life
And believe in my heart that you raised Jesus from the dead
and I promise to follow you all the days of my life.
In Jesus name Amen,
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