John Lesson 15 Day 4

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John Lesson 15 Day 4

John 11:28-44

9. a. When Jesus saw Mary sobbing,

“When Jesus saw her sobbing, and the Jews who had come with her also sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit [to the point of anger at the sorrow caused by death] and was troubled.” John 11:33 MSG

Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. He stayed in their home often, perhaps even as a boy while he studied in the temple. They were like family.

On a broader scale, God loved the world so much he sent his own son—the son he loved so dearly—to conquer sin, the source of death. (John 3:16)

b. Personal impact of Jesus’ reaction

God mourns when I mourn. He understands my sorrow—sees my tears and remembers them. (Psalm 56:8) It is so touching to know He cares about everything that concerns me. (Matthew 6:25-34)

Psalm 138:8 “The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”

1 Peter 5:7 “casting all [my] anxieties on him, because he cares for [me].” ESV

God not only sees and is touched by my tears, He remembers them and will dry all of them. (Revelation 21:4)

c. Jesus wept.

The Greek word used for Mary’s weeping is not the same as the one referring to Jesus.

Weeping in John 11:33 describes loud wailing.

“We must remember that this would be no gentle shedding of tears. It would be almost hysterical wailing and shrieking, for it was the Jewish point of view that the more unrestrained the weeping, the honour it paid to the dead.” (Barclay)

In John 11:35 the word to describe Jesus’ grief indicates quiet weeping. “Jesus did not wail loudly, but He was deeply grieved.” Guzik

10. Jesus thanked the Father for hearing him.

Twice John writes that Jesus was “deeply moved” in his spirit. (John 11:33 and John 11:38)

In the NKJV, the Greek is translated “groaned in the spirit and was troubled.” “In the ancient Greek, this phrase literally means, to snort like a horse – implying anger and indignation.”

“It means that 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. (Guzik)”

“Jesus said, ‘You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.’” NLT (emphasis added)

11. a. Jesus said, “Unbind him and let me go.”

Lazarus’ hands and feet were tied with linen cloths making it difficult for him to walk.

John 11:44 (Wuest Translation)
“Untie him at once and permit him to be departing. Therefore, many of the Jews, those who had come to Mary and had viewed attentively that which He did, believed in Him.”

b.  We were crucified with Christ and resurrected with him.

Just as Lazarus’ physical body was dead and separated from his family, we were spiritually dead and separated from God until we were born again from above by the Spirit of God. We were crucified with Christ and resurrected with him.

Galatians 2:20

“I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (AMP)

John 3:5, 8

“Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom.” (MSG)

“You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.” (MSG)

John 8:32

“Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” (MSG)

Romans 6:5-7

“Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.” (MSG)

Ephesians 2:1, 4-5

“And you [He made alive when you] were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of your transgressions and sins,” (AMP)

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