Jesus Raises His Friend Lazarus from the Dead, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 161)

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TEXT: John 11:20-26

20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.

21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

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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 161.

Adam Clarke said, “Jesus did not claim to have resurrection and life, or understand secrets about resurrection and life. Instead Jesus dramatically said that He is the resurrection and the life. To know Jesus is to know resurrection and life; to have Jesus is to have resurrection and life.”

In our last message, we saw that, even though her brother is dead, Martha has complete faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Because death is so abnormal, it is a hard thing for any grieving person to have that kind of confidence. But Martha believes that whatever Jesus will do now that Lazarus is dead will be the right thing and the best thing. However, she does not anticipate that Jesus intends to bring Lazarus back to life.

In verse 23 we read, “Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.” In retrospect, this seems like a very straightforward statement. But Martha’s idea of Lazarus rising again and Jesus’ idea of Lazarus rising again are very different. Martha said, “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” She, like many Jews — especially the Pharisees — believed that Lazarus would be resurrected in the day of judgment with all of the other righteous people who had ever lived. She had no hope of seeing her brother again in her lifetime. Although it was little consolation, she was content with that far-off resurrection.

However, Jesus has a different resurrection in mind. He says, “I am the resurrection, and the life.” In other words, the resurrection and the life is not some far off event. Resurrection and life is found in a person — Jesus Christ. Wherever Jesus is, resurrection and life will be present. Death has no power in Jesus’ presence. Things cannot just go on the same way when Jesus is invited into a situation. His very presence guarantees that something is going to change.

Warren Wiersbe said Jesus “brought the doctrine of the resurrection out of the shadows and into the light. The Old Testament revelation about death and resurrection is not clear or complete; it is, as it were, ‘in the shadows.’ In fact, there are some passages in Psalms and Ecclesiastes that almost make one believe that death is the end and there is no hope beyond the grave. False teachers like to use these passages to support their heretical teachings, but they ignore (or misinterpret) the clear teachings found in the New Testament. After all, it was not David or Solomon who ‘brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel’, but Jesus Christ! By His teaching, His miracles, and His own resurrection, Jesus clearly taught the resurrection of the human body. He has declared once for all that death is real, that there is life after death, and that the body will one day be raised by the power of God.”

Jesus promises that those who believe in Him will always live. He tells Martha, “He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

Lazarus was one of those who believed in Jesus. Because of this belief, although he was dead, he would indeed live again as Martha had stated. However, Jesus is saying that, even now, although his body is in the grave, he is still alive. Jesus knew that Lazarus’ spirit was alive with God the Father, and that, one day, his body would be as well. How can Jesus say that those who live and believe in Him will never die? Because, from God’s perspective, those who “die” physically are not really dead. They have just moved on to another form of existence — in Lazarus’ case, ‘absent from the body and present with the Lord.’ That is where Lazarus is right now.

Charles Spurgeon said, “Those that believe in Jesus Christ appear to die, but yet they live. They are not in the grave, they are for ever with the Lord. They are not unconscious they are with their Lord in Paradise. Death cannot kill a believer, it can only usher him into a freer form of life… Death comes to the ungodly man as a penal infliction, but to the righteous as a summons to his Father’s palace: to the sinner it is an execution, to the saint an undressing. Death to the wicked is the King of terrors: death to the saint is the end of terrors, the commencement of glory.”

Jesus wants Martha to understand that her brother is not really gone. He asks, “Believest thou this?” Mary and Martha may have felt that death was a bad thing for Lazarus. It was not. Lazarus was in a much better place and Jesus wants Mary and Martha to grasp that.

You, too, can get to the point where you do not fear death — where death is not a terror but a triumph. This can only come through belief in Jesus Christ who is the Resurrection and the Life. Jesus is asking you the same thing He asked Martha: “Believest thou this?” He did not ask if you understand it; He asked if you believe it. Belief is the key to this triumph over death. If you believe in Jesus Christ, death will have no eternal significance for you because it will simply be a transition from this physical life to a higher form of life with God.

Are you ready to believe in Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life so that when you die physically, you will simply have gone to be alive with God in Heaven? Here is how:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

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

Third, 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.” Also, the Bible states 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.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. 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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. 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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