Lazarus!

Monday, August 16, 2021

36 The Jews said, “Look how deeply he loved him.”

37 Others among them said, “Well, if he loved him so much, why didn’t he do something to keep him from dying? After all, he opened the eyes of a blind man.”

38-39 Then Jesus, the anger again welling up within him, arrived at the tomb. It was a simple cave in the hillside with a slab of stone laid against it. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.”

The sister of the dead man, Martha, said, “Master, by this time there’s a stench. He’s been dead four days!”

40 Jesus looked her in the eye. “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

41-42 Then, to the others, “Go ahead, take away the stone.”

They removed the stone. Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and prayed, “Father, I’m grateful that you have listened to me. I know you always do listen, but on account of this crowd standing here I’ve spoken so that they might believe that you sent me.”

43-44 Then he shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And he came out, a cadaver, wrapped from head to toe, and with a kerchief over his face.

Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him loose.”

-John 11:36-44 The Message

Verse 36: So the Jews were saying, “See how He loved him!”

Verse 37: But some of them said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?”

Verse 38: So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.

Verses 33-38 study: Jesus has different emotions, but we know he cares. He shows his emotions when he saw Mary and Martha grieving over their brother. John expressed this a lot because he wanted people to understand Jesus. No matter what our feelings are, we must be ready to share our true feelings. Jesus, know my true feelings on everything. He cares for us. Tell him your true feelings. He understands, and he has been through it all before. There is nothing we won’t understand.

Verse 38 study: Tombs represented a large stone that can place several bodies in it. It is large enough for people to walk in. Once they were done with a burial, they slide a large limestone across the entrance.

Verse 39: Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.”

Verse 40: Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

Verse 41: So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.

Verse 42: I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.”

Verse 43: When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”

Verse 44: The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Verse 44 study:  Check out the other stories of Jesus raising others from the dead. Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:41-42, Luke 8:40-56, and Luke 7:11-15.

Father, thank you for the studying of your word. We are constantly reminded to trust you. I pray we can continue to trust you every day. When there is doubt, let us remember these stories of miracles that we can continue to walk in faith with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.