Jesus Raises His Friend Lazarus from the Dead, Part 10 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 163)
TEXT: John 11:25-33
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.
30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.
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 163.
David Guzik said, “Jesus wasn’t so much sad at the scene surrounding the tomb of Lazarus. It’s more accurate to say that Jesus was angry. Jesus was angry and troubled at the destruction and power of the great enemy of humanity — death. Jesus would soon break the dominating power of death.”
We saw in our last message that, after Martha had finished talking to Jesus, she went to get Mary and told her that Jesus was calling for her. The Bible tells us that she told her “secretly,” so when Mary rushed out of her house, her neighbors mistakenly thought she was going to the grave to mourn for Lazarus again. But, Mary went directly to Jesus, fell down at His feet, and said almost the exact same words as Martha had said: “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.”
Martha had previously confessed that she believed Jesus was the Son of God and the Messiah. Now, Mary falls down at His feet and treats Him as such. Unlike other servants of God in the Bible, Jesus never stopped people from worshipping Him. He allowed it because He is God. Mary’s actions also show us that even though she, Martha, and Lazarus were considered Jesus’ “friends,” they each had the proper respect for Jesus as God. Martha called Him “Master” and Mary called Him “Lord.” They both believed that Jesus’ presence at the time of Lazarus’ illness would have ensured his recovery. Neither could fathom that God had a more powerful outcome planned.
Although Jesus knew fully what He would do, He could not help but be moved by the grief of His friends and their neighbors. The Bible reads, “When Jesus therefore saw Mary weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.”
Jesus’ reaction to the weeping and mourning going on about Him is interesting. Up until this point, Jesus has shown no emotion about Lazarus’ death — not even when talking to Mary and Martha. But, now we see that He is moved by human grief.
The Bible says, “He groaned in his spirit.” The Greek word that John uses here is normally used in Greek literature to indicate the angry snorting of a horse. This was a visceral, gut reaction with Jesus. He was not trying to grieve for the sake of the crowd. Henry Morris said this verb ‘groan’ “signifies a loud inarticulate noise, and its proper use appears to be for the snorting of horses. When used of men it usually denotes anger.” William Barclay adds, “It must mean that such deep emotion seized Jesus that an involuntary groan was wrung from his heart.”
Then we are told that Jesus was “troubled.” This word means “to cause one inward commotion, to take away calmness of mind, to disquiet, to make restless, to render anxious or distressed.” What would cause such torment in the heart of the Prince of Peace? I don’t believe Jesus was necessarily angered by Lazarus’ death. He knew what He was going to do about that. What troubled Jesus so much was the evidence of the grip of death that was being demonstrated by those around Him. Death, of course, is a result of sin entering the world. Jesus was angered by the effect that sin and death had on humanity. He grieved for the human race which lives with the reality of death, sickness, and suffering even though that is not what God intended.
God sent Jesus so that we would not have to live with the reality of death forever. It was never a part of God’s plan. Satan and sin brought it on us, and although we are often willing participants in our own destruction, God is angered by the effects of sin and death on the human race. When Jesus came, He declared, ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life.’ ‘I undo, negate, eradicate, and nullify Death!’ ‘He who lives and believes in Me will never die.’
Eternal life can be yours today if you choose to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Are you ready to believe in Him right now? 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 today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to 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 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.