Return to Bethany – Part 2

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  • Jesus receives a Message
    • From Bethany
    • From Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus
    • Regarding, “The one you love”
      • Phileo – like a brother
  • Jesus Responds
    • He doesn’t drop everything and leave
    • He will allow God to receive glory
      • Just like John 9:1-5
      • Our comfort in difficult times
    • Death will not be the final outcome
      • God doesn’t create tragedy but He will use it for His glory
  • Nothing is stronger than Jesus’ Love
    • For the family it is Agape – Sacrificial love
    • Lazarus was likely already dead by the time Jesus received the message
      • When He arrives in Bethany, Lazarus has been dead for four days
    • Jesus has full knowledge of what is happening
      • Just like Nathaniel in John 1
      • Just like the Samaritan woman at the well
      • Jesus is using this situation to strengthen the faith of both His disciples and the people in Bethany
  • The disciples are Frightened
    • John 7 – rumors that the Jews want Jesus dead
    • John 8 – The Jews tried to arrest Jesus
    • Festival of Lights – the Jews tried to stone Jesus and later take Him into custody
    • Jesus explains that the time is limited
      • For Him because His hour was near
      • For us because He could return at any moment
    • 12 hours of daylight
      • Spiritual illumination – John 1:7
  • He’s just Asleep
    • Sleep brings relaxation, rest and health
    • Jesus was indicating that Lazarus was dead
  • Jesus was Glad that they had not yet arrived
    • They would learn several lessons
      • Who Jesus really was
      • How to increase their faith
      • God is bigger than anything the world can dish out
      • Don’t jump to conclusions
  • Thomas – Not Doubting but Bold
    • He’s the first to speak up
    • He’s willing to die with Jesus
    • He’s not filled with faith, but he is filled with courage

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