Power Over Death

Good afternoon! Pastor Alan was feeling better yesterday, and he was able to join us on an extra windy Mother’s Day. He taught from John 11 about Power Over Death. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included his outline with links to the Scriptures he referenced.

Power Over Death: Lessons from the Raising of Lazarus

  1. The words, plan, and purposes of Jesus in response to the news of Lazarus. (John 11:1-16)
    • (vs. 1-3) Mary and Martha – a reference to Mary’s anointing of Jesus that occurs later and that Lazarus is sick.
    • (vs. 4-7) Jesus will allow Lazarus to die for the purpose of raising him up.  Raising Lazarus will display Jesus’s glory and cause many to believe.  Also, Jesus doesn’t always make sense to our limited understanding, but one thing is certain; He loves us. (Romans 3:23)
    • (vs. 8-10) Jesus is light that can drive out darkness and fear.  No one could snuff out the light.  No one could take Jesus’s life unless he allowed it.
    • (vs. 11-15) Jesus views death as not the final power.  He has the power to raise someone from the dead as if they are simply someone waiting to be awakened from sleep.
    • (v.16) The world has many wrong views of death.  A common approach is distraction.  Another is a stoic sort of fatalism.  Thomas exhibits a loyal determinism. A brave approach into the face of death, because that’s how life ends.  Jesus provides a different reality. (1 Corinthians 15:47-58)
  2. The words of Jesus in response to Martha and Mary (vs. 17-37)
    • (vs. 23-25) The promise Jesus makes to Martha and all who will believe who He claims to be.  Lesson:  the final resurrection of the dead is assured on the one who is the resurrection and the life.
    • (vs. 33-36) The compassion of Christ is there when we grieve. (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
  3. The power of Jesus over death to the glory of God. (vs. 38-44).
    • Eternal life (John 17:3)
    • (vs. 38-40) No doubt Lazarus was dead.  Not a smoke and mirrors parlor trick.
    • (vs. 40-41) God the Father works through his son.
    • (vs. 43-44) The power of Jesus’s spoken word. He speaks life into death.
  4. Religion’s response to Jesus (vs. 45-56)
    • Religion is all about rules, ritual and power over people.  As we have seen in our study, Jesus comes up against the religious leaders again and again.  So, once again that’s how the chapter ends.  Just remember resurrection living is better than religious dying.   

Contact info: Dr. Alan Brock, albrock.ab@gmail.com   www.Summit40.com

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