Friday, August 13, 2021
11 He said these things and then announced, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. I’m going to wake him up.”
12-13 The disciples said, “Master, if he’s gone to sleep, he’ll get a good rest and wake up feeling fine.” Jesus was talking about death, while his disciples thought he was talking about taking a nap.
14-15 Then Jesus became explicit: “Lazarus died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn’t there. You’re about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.”
16 That’s when Thomas, the one called the Twin, said to his companions, “Come along. We might as well die with him.”
-John 11:11-16 The Message.
Verse 11: This He said, and after that He said to them, Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.”
Verse 12: The disciples then said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”
Verse 13: Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought He said of literal sleep.
Verse 14: So Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,
Verse 15: and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him.”
Verse 16: Therefore Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.”
Verses 14-15 study: There is a reason why Jesus plans for things to happen according to his timing. If he had been there while Lazarus was alive, Jesus could have saved Lazarus. But Jesus wasn’t there during that time, which allowed him to show his power to the other disciples. Raising Lazarus from the dead is a display of power. The resurrection from the dead is a crucial belief of the Christian faith. Jesus raised Himself from the dead (10:18); he also has the power to lift others.
Verse 16 study: There were many doubters, but one that stood out is Thomas because he doubted Jesus’ resurrection. But he showed compassion. The disciples going to Jerusalem is dangerous, and they tried to talk Jesus out of it. Thomas felt what all of the disciples felt. Jesus rejected the disciples. They were willing to go there and die with Jesus. The disciples probably didn’t understand why Jesus would be killed, but the most important thing to point out is they were loyal. There will be unknown dangers to do God’s work. Consider the high risks of being Jesus’ disciple.
Father, thank you for today. Thank you for life, opportunities, wisdom, and love. I pray we will continue to be brave, being your disciple and wise to understand what others can’t. In Jesus’ name. Amen!