I Am the Resurrection and the Life

by Rev. John Cortright on April 16, 2017
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Notes:

John 11:1-3 Bethany was a village in the region of Judea, about two miles east of Jerusalem.

John 11:4

Jesus knew God’s plan. “This sickness will not end in death.” Jesus didn’t make this up. He always spoke as the Father worked in him (John 5:19; 8:28). Jesus was doing the things he did “for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”

John 11:5-8

Much of what is recorded in the Gospel of John in the region of Judea was during times when Jesus traveled to Jerusalem during the feasts (John 2:3; 5:5; 7:1-10; 10:22-23; 12:1). The Jewish leaders grew more and more frustrated, tried to capture Jesus, and in several instances attempted to stone him (John 5:16, 18a; 7:1, 25, 30; 8:59; 10:31, 39). The situation intensified with each trip to Jerusalem.

John 11:9-10
Jesus is the light of the world. We stumble when we walk on our own and don’t remain in the light.

John 11:11-16
Jesus refers to Lazarus’ state of being dead as being asleep. He will wake him up!

John 11:17-19
Many of the Jews had come to Bethany to console Martha and Mary.

John 11:20-27

There is going to be a resurrection in the last days. Jesus spoke of this often. He preached that on last day, his sheep will hear his voice and be raised from the dead (John 5:25, 28; 6:40, 54).
But Jesus “IS THE RESURRECTION!” He is the Son of God, the Christ, who comes into the world.

John 11:28-37
The Jews were right there, again speaking words to mock Jesus.
John 11:38-40 As Jesus said at the start, this would be for “the glory of God.”
John 11:41-42 Jesus prayed this out loud so the people would know that God sent Jesus.
John 11:43-45 Many believed in Jesus because of this miracle.
John 11:46-47, 53 From this day on, the chief priests and Pharisees planned together to kill him.

Acts 2:22-24

About 50 days later on the day of Pentecost, again in Jerusalem at a feast of the Jews, Peter reminds everyone what happened after this event.

1 Corinthians 15:3-6, 12-19
If there is no resurrection from the dead, then Christianity is false and your faith is worthless! And if there is no resurrection, there is no future hope for eternal life.

1 Corinthians 15:20-23
BUT CHRIST HAS BEEN RAISED FROM THE DEAD!!! He is the first fruits from the dead, and in him is our hope for the future. He is “The Resurrection and the Life!”



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