Jesus Has Power Over Death and Life Through Him

July 31, 2022 Preacher: Phil Courson Series: Miracles – Our Wonder Working God

Topic: Lazarus Scripture: John 11:1–45

Miracles: Our Wonder Working God
Sunday, July 31st 2022

John 11:1-45


Jesus Has Power Over Death and Life Through Him

The Setting (v.1-16)

Jesus loves this family: Martha, Mary and Lazarus! They are very close! They were obviously close friends, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”

v.16 – Thomas is talking about dying with Jesus, not Lazarus!

The Statement (v.17-37)
v.17 – John opens with the comment that Lazarus had been dead for 4 days!

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Jesus is the resurrection – “though he die, yet shall he live”
Jesus is the life – “everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die”

The Summons (v.38-45)
“Take away the stone” 

“Lazarus, come out!” - He calls Lazarus by name.

Signs serve greater purposes:
It is “for the glory of God, that God’s Son may be glorified by it” (v. 4).
It authenticates Jesus as “the resurrection and the life” (v. 25).
It confirms the promise that “He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (vv. 25-26).

Therefore many of the Jews, who came to Mary and saw what Jesus did, believed in him. 

What Does It Mean for You and Me?
It means we live LIFE today because Jesus is LIFE!
It means we experience death daily as we take up our cross and follow him
It means we no longer fear death. It is transitory, not our final destination!
It means that anyone who believes in Christ though he dies physically will live for eternity.

Romans 4:25 – “…who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”
1 Corinthians 6:14 – “And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.”
2 Corinthians 4:14 – “…knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.”
Revelation 1:17,18