Scripture and questions for study and reflection:
So far, in our “Who is Jesus” series we have looked at the following “I Am” statements: I Am the Good Shepherd, I Am the Light of the World, I Am the Bread of Life, I Am the Gate and this morning we have... “I Am the Resurrection and the Life.”
Read John 11:17-27.
1. In today’s passage, Mary and Martha have already gone to Jesus to ask him to heal their dying brother, Lazarus. But Jesus does not go right away. What might this say to us regarding times we’ve prayed to Jesus, seemingly without any answers?
2. When Jesus arrives at Lazarus’ home, Lazarus has already been dead and in the tomb for four days. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Do you think Martha was upset with Jesus? When have you felt like Martha in your own life?
3. Martha goes on to say, “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” What do you think she was asking Jesus to do at this point?
4. When Jesus tells Martha, “Your brother will rise again,” do you think Martha understood what Jesus meant? (hint: see verse 24)
5. What does Jesus say we have to do to “live even though we die” and to “live and never die”? How is this Good News?
6. In what way are all Christians “in the business of raising the dead”?
Prayer for the Week:
Gracious and Heavenly Lord, forgive me for the times when I demand things be done in my time rather than your time. Forgive me for the times when my faith is weak and I fail to believe that nothing is impossible for you. Help me to believe whole-heartedly that you are who you say you are. Convict my heart of the truth that you are the resurrection and the life. And by your grace, and through my faith, grant me the gifts of abundant and eternal life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.