It is Friday, April 5, 2019. Today, we complete the very dramatic story of Jesus raising His dear friend Lazarus from the dead. With this act, Jesus proves to all that He truly is THE Resurrection and THE Life!!! Chris Adomanis
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 11:28-44 ]
28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him.30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him.31 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved[a]in his spirit and greatly troubled.34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?”They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”35 Jesus wept.36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”
38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.”40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
_ Based on Mary's statement in verse 32 (and Martha's earlier in verse 21), how would you describe how the sister's were feeling about Jesus at this given time? Have you ever felt that way toward Jesus
_ What do you glean from the fact that Jesus was "deeply moved", "greatly troubled" and "wept" in verses 33-35? Why do you think John mentions Jesus was "deeply moved again" in verse 38? Hint: Jesus may have been "moved" by two different things!!!
_ Based on verses 36-37, how did the crowd feel about Jesus? What do these two differing reactions tell you about these people? About people today?
_ Why do you think Jesus performed this miracle, or, for that matter, any of His miracles? The answer can somewhat be found within verse 42!!!
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
I sense that both Martha and Mary had some animosity toward Jesus at first; that He "wasn't there" for them when they really needed Him. I must confess I let myself fall into that trap at times, and for facts and circumstances not as difficult as facing the death of a loved one. Confess of the times when you have treated God like a genie in a bottle or have gotten angry if prayers weren't answered in the way you wanted. Don't doubt, but believe that "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28)
+ 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)