Hello friends! I hope that as this week is wrapping up, the Spirit has illuminated truth to you regarding Christ’s resurrection and the new life that Christ offers us. In today’s reading, we find a powerful account of Jesus resurrecting his beloved friend.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is one change in your life you have witnessed since receiving new life in Christ? Where is an area that you desire to see transformation? What is impeding you from this?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ John 11:17-27 ] 17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ To what scene does Jesus enter in Bethany? Who is there and has just happened?
_ How long had Lazarus been dead? Why does Jesus choose to wait so long to go to Him? (See verses 14-15)
_ What do Martha’s statements in verses 21-22 say about her? In the light of how Martha is probably feeling, why is this significant?
_ How does Martha respond to Jesus in vs. 24? What is “the resurrection on the last day”?
_ How does Jesus identify Himself in vs. 25? How is the resurrection Jesus speaks of different from that which Martha speaks of in v. 24?
_ Why is Martha’s confession significant in verse 27?
_ How does this account end later in verses 43-44?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)