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John 11 – Lazarus

by on January 29, 2016

John 11 – Lazarus
“Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”

I. The story of Lazarus
Lazarus died. There was a funeral. People were weeping and sad. Jesus came.
Jesus groaned in the spirit and was troubled.
JESUS WEPT.
Jesus groaned again.
Jesus was sad and angry!
Jesus gave orders: Take away the stone!
Martha was worried. “He has been dead four days!
If you believe you will see the glory of God!
They took the stone away.
Jesus prayed a prayer of thankfulness.
“Father, I thank you that you hear me. And I know that you always hear me.
I am saying this because of the people who are here
So they will also believe that You have sent me.”
Jesus cried loudly; LAZARUS, COME FORTH!
Jesus confronted death face to face!
And death obeyed – gave up the dead to the Master
Lazarus came out of the tomb bound had and foot with grave clothes.
His face was bound with a cloth. LOOSE HIM AND LET HIM GO!

II. Lessons from Lazarus
Jesus came to set people free.
We are called to work with Jesus to set people free from death
Jesus did not roll the stone away – He calls people to do that
Jesus gives life – we cannot do that
Jesus did not unwrap the grave cloths – He calls people to do that
Death Gives Way to Life
God is calling your name. God calls someone to roll away the stone. Come forth!
God calls someone to get rid of the grave clothes so you can be free. Chose freedom!
We will all die and after that the judgment or, be judged now and be ready for death.
Jesus weeps and is troubled with human pain and death.
Jesus faces death with anger and victory.

III. The spiritually Dead
Many Jews believed in Jesus. Scribes and Pharisees called a council.
“What shall we do?” For this Man works many signs.
48 “If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him,
and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”
51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,
52 and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.
53 Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.
54 Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples. “What do you think-that He will not come to the feast?”
57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might seize Him.

How impossible is this. Jesus raises the dead and the religious leaders decide to kill Him.
Many people are spiritually dead and are bound by sin
Religious leaders are Spiritually blind and are controlled by their system of religion.
People who are spiritually dead display the stench of Godlessness.

IV. What will you do with Jesus?
Will you accept His deliverance and freedom?
Will you help those who are dead in sin?
Will you reject the sinful response of the religious leaders?
Will you change your ways so Jesus’ freedom can be seen in your life?
The Spirit of God can be quenched by:
Being replaced by a system of religion
Being resisted by reliance on the flesh
By allowing the lusts of the flesh to dominate life
The world provides many replacements for the Holy Spirit-They are all imposters.
If you are the temple of the Lord, who all are you allowing to live in your temple?

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.
13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light,
For whatever makes manifest is light.
14 Therefore He says:
“Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5”11-17

You will either be dead while you are living or you will be alive when you die.

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