Friday, November 2, 2012

Nov 2: John 11

Today's reading in our daily plan is John 11. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Lazarus was a friend and disciple of Jesus. Though not part of the twelve, he and his sisters, Mary and Martha, knew Jesus well. In this chapter Lazarus gets sick and, while Jesus takes his time coming to see him, Lazarus dies. When Jesus shows up there’s a funeral in progress and the body, four days dead, is sealed in what's supposed to be its final resting place. Both Mary and Martha exclaim that if Jesus had been there sooner their brother would not have died. Jesus then shows that he has power over death by raising Lazarus back to life (!).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Mary and Martha had great faith in Jesus and knew that if he showed up sooner their brother wouldn’t have passed. But God had something greater to show his daughters. In the midst of their loss, God chose to reveal Jesus to them in a new and powerful way. Though they knew first hand that Jesus could heal the sick, they were awed when he raised the dead.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • It is entirely possible that, in our lives, God lets bad things happen in order to reveal himself in a new way. In Romans 8:28 Paul says, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” 
  • These words are easy to read when life is easy but it's when they’re hard to read that they offer greater meaning and hope. Resolve today to keep hold of this hope so that when life is difficult your faith won’t waiver.