“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
I love Survivor!
There was a guy on the show,
Fear of death that turned into a fear of life
As a child I feared death, feared my heart to stop beating
Fear of Death is Slavery
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
A fear of Death is to be enslaved.
but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
Our lord and savior has conquered death! He has destroyed it!
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.”
Brother Lazarus, of Mary and Martha
Mary and Martha two different personalities,
The one you love Phileo, this is someone that they know Jesus considers a very close friend
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.”
Praise God, this sickness wont end in death.
Healing? No. resurrection.
Listen, death is not the end
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,
Agape, Christian love, pure love, deeper love
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.”
Jesus didn't want to travel in the dark
Jesus was wise, but he was never fearful
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.”
Death in eternities eyes is just sleep
jesus showing a work for their sakes
Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
They all were very fond of Lazarus
Death of a close one hurts
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.”
To Martha a theological answer, a doctrinal promise.
Jesus met Martha where she was, she was a thinker, a doer, a driven person. She thought through things, made decisions with her mind.
So Jesus teaches her here some doctrine about the true and final resurrection.
And we are thankful for it
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!”
Mary is very different than Martha, she is more emotionally driven, she makes decisions with her heart. She generally feels things rather than thinking through them.
Jesus also meets her where she is, no theological answer given.
Jesus weeps with her
Read the situation, know the person, find their need and meet them there
Weeping with someone is good, encouraging someone with good theology, doctrine and promises of God is also good.
Jesus has the wisdom, the relational sensitivity to answer each appropriately, to meet each where they need to be met.
Our natural tendency is to do the one we would want, instead we need to prayerfully and in a spirit lead manner, reach and comfort them the way they will best receive, the way that Jesus would.
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.”
Many Jews believed the spirit would hang around for 2-3 days, but not 4, because the body would become unrecognizable to the spirit
Jesus is past that point, Lazarus is dead, and his Spirit is gone, according to popular belief
Jesus thanks preemptively. Great and Pure Faith can do that. Week faith or small faith cannot.
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.” Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
This was the ultimate sign, the most important miracle that Jesus preforms.
He is the resurrection and the life.
Many are believing,
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.” Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. So from that day on they plotted to take his life.
- The Enemy hates the belief of Resurrection in Jesus
Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples. When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the festival at all?” But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him.
Understanding the timeline.
this is taking place less than 2 weeks before Jesus own resurrection.
This was Jesus setting the stage for his own resurection. This is his way of building up the faith of the people to believe in his own resurection
to show them power over death.
It is also what triggers the enemy, to want to kill him all the more.
We also see that not only are they planning to kill jesus but in 12 they plan to kill Lazarus too
Satan wants Lazarus, who is living evidence of Jesus power of resurrection dead. He wants to squash and disqualify the sign Jesus preforms
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
I know that my Saviour lives, and at the end he will stand on this earth. My flesh may be destroyed, yet from this body I will see God. ()
But God will rescue me; he will save me from the power of death. ()
When I saw him, I fell down at his feet like a dead man. He placed his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the first and the last. I am the living one! I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I have authority over death and the world of the dead. ()
We were not made for death
Its a penalty
Dont be scared of death