Jesus Raises a Man from the Dead, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 154)

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TEXT: John 11:1-4

1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 154.

Matthew Henry said, “It is no new thing for those whom Christ loves to be sick; bodily distempers correct the corruption, and try the graces of God’s people. He came not to preserve his people from these afflictions, but to save them from their sins; however, it behoves us to pray to Him in behalf of our friends and relatives when sick and afflicted.”

In this passage, we are introduced to Mary and Martha who lived in the town of Bethany. These two women were well-known to Jesus. The Bible indicates that Jesus was welcome in their home and often spent time there. They along with their brother Lazarus were considered Jesus’ friends. Mary is the “sinful woman” of Luke 7 who washed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume and dried them with her hair. Apparently, that had already happened.

Presently, Mary and Martha are afflicted with a situation that all of us are familiar with — someone they know and love has fallen ill. In this case, Lazarus.

The sisters send a message to Jesus saying, “Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.” They knew where to go to get help. They knew that Jesus had healed many others. Why wouldn’t He heal His friend Lazarus too? Interestingly, the sisters do not specifically ask Jesus to come or to heal Lazarus. They thought it was enough to tell Him that He was sick. Obviously, they had an unspoken expectation of what Jesus would do. Perhaps, Jesus would immediately drop what He was doing and come quickly or maybe He would speak the word and Lazarus would be healed instantly.

The fact is: Mary and Martha had faith in Jesus. They entrusted Him with the situation they were dealing with with their brother, Lazarus. They knew that Jesus would do what was best for him. Why? Because Jesus loved Lazarus — a fact which the sisters reminded Jesus of in their message to Him. They did not even mention Lazarus by name. They just said, “he whom thou lovest is sick.”

Many people, when faced with situations such as sickness and death, forget this important fact — that Jesus loves them and will do what is best for them. We forget to have faith. In our prayers, we demand that God heal the person who is sick. And, sometimes, we begin to think that God’s love is measured by whether He answers our prayers according to our wishes. When, in reality, God answers our prayers as He does because He loves us. Jesus heals, blesses, saves, and protects because He considers us to be His friends. And that is why we readily bring our concerns to Him.

Can you say that you are a friend of Jesus today? Can you say in the words of Israel Houghton’s song, “I am a friend of God” Have you ever trusted Jesus Christ as Savior? If not, here is how you can do that today.

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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