Sunday, October 21, 2012



John 11:38-44  (NKJV)     Lazarus Raised from the Dead
38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, 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 him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”

40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.
Q#1- In verse 38 Jesus is described as “again groaning in Himself”.
                            Why is He groaning again?

Q#2- A cave and a stone (verse 38) are mentioned. 
        What does that you remind you of? 

Q#3- In verse 39 Jesus gives a command to open the grave?
         Jesus deals with some nasty stuff in ministry.  Can you?
         Martha, the sister of   the dead man Lazarus, gives an
         objection and reason why Jesus should not do what He commands.
        Do you ever try to stop a work of the Savior in your life?
Q#4- In verse 40 Jesus says you can see what if you believe?

Q#5- In verses 41 and 42 Jesus prays for patience for people who doubt His work.
         Should we be discouraged if Jesus was slowed in ministry by His folks?

Q#5- In verse 43 Jesus commands the dead Lazarus by name to come to life from death.
          How does this compare to a conversion experiences?
          Have you been called forth to New Life?

Q#6- In verse #43, why did Jesus say Lazarus’ name?
          Augustine said King Jesus had to be specific or the whole world would have been resurrected.
          Do you believe Jesus has this power over sin, death and the grave? 

Q#7- In verse #44 Jesus tells the witnessing people “Loose him, and let him go.”
         The NIV translation reads "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."
         Have you been loosed?  Why or why not?  

Q#8- Are you saved and forgiven for your past sins and circumstances by Jesus Christ? 

Q#9- Why should you be racked with guilt if Jesus Christ, The Son of God, called you,
          paid to God the price  for your sins by His atoning death on the cross
            and released you and pardoned your sins by His death on the cross?

Q#10  Have you taken off your grave clothes and know you have put on the new life and
           are trusting in Jesus Christ to complete you? 
           If not why stops you besides you?

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