Jesus Raises His Friend Lazarus from the Dead, Part 9 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 162)
TEXT: John 11:21-29
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?
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.
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 162.
Antony Farindon said, “Talk what we will of faith, if we do not trust and rely upon Him, we do not believe in Him.”
Today, as we continue looking at the story of Lazarus’ death and resurrection, we again see Martha making a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Martha is in a very difficult place in this passage. Her brother has died from an illness that Jesus was not there to heal. He has been buried and in the grave for four days, so, in her mind, all hope of resurrection is gone. Yet, Jesus is here telling her that her brother is alive because he believed in Jesus and that He will raise him from the dead.
Martha can’t see where Jesus is coming from. It looks like a very clear-cut situation — Lazarus is dead and it’s too late for him to come back. Yet, where many people might lose heart and stop believing in God, we find that Martha is bolder than ever in her faith in Jesus Christ. She does not understand all that Jesus is saying about Himself being the Resurrection and the Life, but she has chosen to believe it. She chooses to take His word for it.
Martha’s response is, “Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” Now, Martha by nature is a worrier. She is a person who likes to have things under control. You might recall from the account in Luke chapter 10 that, on an earlier occasion when Jesus visited the home of Mary and Martha, Martha was the one who was bustling about trying to get things prepared for Jesus and His disciples. She wanted to make sure the meal was ready and the guest rooms were fixed up before Jesus arrived. And, you get the sense that she was a little bit frustrated that all of this had not been done by the time Jesus showed up. Mary, on the other hand, was sitting calmly with Jesus listening to Him teach. When Martha came and asked Jesus to tell Mary to help her serve, Jesus very lovingly said, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things…”
One hymn describes the attitude of the two women as follows:
Faithful to my Lord’s commands,
I still would choose the better part,
serve with careful Martha’s hands,
and loving Mary’s heart.
In our passage for today, I believe we see some of the results of Jesus’ gentle rebuke of Martha. All throughout this episode of Lazarus’ sickness and death, Martha had chosen to leave things in Jesus’ hands. When she and Mary sent the message to Jesus, they did not ask Jesus to do anything specific. They just informed Him of the situation and left it up to Him as to what He would do. When Jesus finally arrived in Bethany, Martha, again, did not ask Jesus to do anything. She just said, “I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.”
And now we see that, even after Jesus has said that Lazarus will live again, Martha simply says, “Lord, I believe…” The Bible adds, “When she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.” Apparently, Jesus’ words had so comforted Martha that she felt the need to immediately go and get her grieving sister to bring her to Jesus as well.
We do not know all that is going on in Martha’s mind right now, but one thing we do know is that she has confidence in Jesus. In the face of death and grief, she has begun to have a semblance of peace and calm. She has let go of the situation and let Jesus have control.
In our moments of death and grief, be they literal or metaphorical, we too can have this peace and calm only if we believe in Jesus. He is the Resurrection and the Life. Not only does He have the power to bring dead people back to life, but He has the power to bring life to dead circumstances and situations in our lives. Most importantly, He is the only one who can give life to us who are ‘dead in our trespasses and sins.’ That is the reason why He came; eternal life is a bonus that only comes to those who can say, like Martha, “Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”
Are you ready to say this today? Are you ready to believe in Jesus Christ? Here is how:
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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.”
The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.