Today is Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019. In today’s text we encounter the beginning of one of the most famous stories in all of scripture. Lazarus, a beloved friend of Jesus, has fallen ill and word has reached Jesus that he will soon die. However, Jesus responds by telling his disciples that Lazarus’s death will be used to glorify the Son. His response clearly confused the disciples but Jesus’ intentions are clear. When Jesus goes to “wake up” Lazarus, he is demonstrating that he is an omnipotent God, who has power and authority over death. Just as Jesus has the power to raise Lazarus from the dead, he also has power to rise from the grave as he has foretold to his disciples.
No matter what your story is, what sin you have committed, or what burden you carry, Jesus has defeated sin and death and he offers to “wake you” up and give you new life. Turn and repent today for new life in Christ awaits you. - Jon
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ John 11:1-16 ]
Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. 3 So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 4 But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
_ What does Jesus mean when he says “the illness does not lead to death” (v. 4)
_ How will Lazarus’s death be used for the Son’s glory? (v 4)
_ Why did Jesus wait two days before going to see Mary and Martha? (v 6)
7 Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
_ Why does Jesus give the illustration about walking in the light and the darK?(v 9)
_ Why does Jesus need to use Lazarus’s death to help the disciples believe? (v 16)
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)